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Propitious day for family life

Over the last 16 years, none of the couples married at Minsk’s Wedding Palace on February 29th have divorced

By Tatiana Yevgenieva

Leap year, let alone February 29th, isn’t considered very lucky for marriage. However, those who aren’t superstitious seem to have chosen a propitious date.

“This year, we didn’t have a single wedding ceremony on February 29th,” notes Nadezhda Reutskaya, the Head of Minsk’s Wedding Palace. “However, this is probably because we don’t usually organise ceremonies on Wednesdays or Tuesdays — although we can make an exception, of course. If a foreigner’s visa is expiring and they need a particular date, we do our best to accommodate them. Most people aren’t eager to marry early in the week. Even St. Valentine’s Day saw no weddings — perhaps because it fell on Tuesday this year. We’ve analysed data from four leap years — 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 — and, amazingly, have found that no one married at our Wedding Palace on February 29th has yet divorced.”
Of course, the most important factor in marriage is who you marry, not when!

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