- Title: Love in the time of COVID: 200 couples tie the knot in Lima mass wedding
- Date: 28th August 2021
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (AUGUST 28, 2021) (REUTERS) BRIDE ARRIVING AHEAD OF MASS WEDDING MAN PLAYING GUITAR AS BRIDE AND GROOM ARRIVE GENERAL OF COUPLES SITTING DOWN AHEAD OF MASS WEDDING CEREMONY COUPLE DURING CEREMONY COUPLES SITTING DURING CEREMONY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MAYOR OF LIMA, JORGE MUNOZ, SAYING: ''Do you freely and voluntarily agree to marry?" COUPLES REPLY (Spanish) ''YES, I ACCEPT'' GROOM PLACING RING ON BRIDE'S FINGER COUPLES EXCHANGING RINGS BRIDE SAYING WEDDING VOWS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARMY SUB-OFFICER, DIEGO MARIN, SAYING: ''Something beautiful, because it is known that marriage is forever and I know that we are in a pandemic and that is why we decided to wed. Recently I almost lost my life and I decided to join my life with her's (bride). Apart from that we are expecting our first baby.'' COUPLE DURING WEDDING CEREMONY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MAYOR OF LIMA, JORGE MUNOZ, SAYING: ''Here we have about 200 couples today who have decided to marry, with ages ranging from 24 to 87. It is a really wonderful thing to find that variety of ages and manifestations.'' COUPLE KISSING WITH FACE MASKS ON COUPLE BEING PHOTOGRAPHED / COUPLE KISSING
- Embargoed: 11th September 2021 23:08
- Keywords: 200 couples Lima Peru mass wedding
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- City: LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Topics: South America / Central America,Human Interest/Brights/Odd News,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001ES7279J
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- Story Text:The COVID-19 pandemic could not stop 200 couples from tying the knot in a mass wedding in Lima, Peru on Saturday (August 28).
The ceremony, held in the capital Lima, was presided over by Lima Mayor Jorge Munoz. The couples previously went through a health screening to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The oldest couple there were 82-year-old Santiago Loyola Sifuentes and 87-year-old Olga Velasquez Laurencio and the youngest were 24-year-old Marco Robles Montenegro and nineteen-year-old Judith Tataje Agurto.
The couples were given a fruit basket and offered a coffee break by local authorities. The ceremonies were aired via the Facebook page of Lima's Municipality for relatives who were unable to attend.
After Munoz pronounced them husbands and wives, the couples kissed.
Army Sub-Officer, Diego Marin said he was happy to marry.
''Something beautiful, because it is known that marriage is forever and I know that we are in a pandemic and that is why we decided to wed. Recently I almost lost my life and I decided to join my life with her (bride). Apart from that, we are expecting our first baby,'' he said.
After the ceremony, starry-eyed newlyweds picked up their marriage licenses and posed for pictures at the venue's gardens.
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