Propitious day for family life
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!