Marriages in 9 districts on Valentine's

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will open offices for registration of marriages in nine districts on St Valentine’s Day, Friday, which this year happens to also be a public holiday in Thailand.

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Valentine’s Day and the Buddhist Makha Bucha Day are both on Feb 14, so all government offices would normally be closed. But Valentine's Day is popular every year and many couples register their marriage on that day.

City clerk Ninnart Chalitanon said offices in nine districts would remain open for marriage services, seven of them at  district offices -  Lak Si, Bang Kae, Chatuchak, Bangkok Noi, Pom Prab Sattuphai, Samphan Thawong and Khuay Khwang.

The other two districts, Phasi Charoen and Bang Rak, will provide the service at Seacon Square (Bang Kae) and the CAT Telecom Building on Charoen Krung road (Bang Rak).

Bang Rak district had already accepted reservations, and a total of 183 couples have filed their registration applications. Couples who register the marriage in this district qualify to join a lucky draw for one of nine gold marriage certificates.  Bang Rak is especially popular because it can be translated as Village of Love.

The BMA expects a total of 1,000 couples to legally tie the knot on Friday, a big increase on the 600 couples in 2013. 

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