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A VALENTINE’S WEDDING NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN

A VALENTINE’S WEDDING NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN
A VALENTINE’S WEDDING NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN

The elephant-back wedding is an annual event at the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Chonburi province usually attracts up to a hundred couples.  Some say as elephants never forget, the vows made by the bride and groom may also never be forgotten.

Fifty-two couples in Thailand got married while riding elephants on Sunday, in an annual Valentine’s Day mass wedding ceremony at a botanical garden in a province east of Bangkok.

Dancers and a band led the procession of elephants and couples and a local official, also on an elephant, oversaw the signing of the marriage licences.

A VALENTINE’S WEDDING NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN

“For me, I’ve been planning for a long time that if I were to sign a marriage licence one day, it must be an extraordinary event,” said groom Patiphat Panthanon, 26, sitting beside his 23-year-old bride.

The elephant-back wedding is an annual event at the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Chonburi province which usually attracts up to a hundred couples. But this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the numbers were down.  The popularity of riding elephants is also rapidly falling in Thailand with a greater awareness of welfare issues concerning wild animals.

Kampon Tansacha, managing director of the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, said that due to strict screening protocols for visitors, people were feeling safer and have started to come back to visit the botanical park, which showcases recreations of landscaped gardens from around the world.

A VALENTINE’S WEDDING NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN
A VALENTINE’S WEDDING NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN
SourceReuters
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