Chinese city Kunming hosts $4m dual wedding ceremony for Indian cousins

Chinese city Kunming hosts $4m dual wedding ceremony for Indian cousins
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Two Indian couples tied the knot in southwest China on Thursday (Dec 13) in a lavish joint ceremony costing 20 million yuan (S$4 million), according to a Chinese newspaper report.

More than 600 guests from overseas attended the event in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, while more than 400 people were employed to stage it, including 120 cooks, the Chuncheng Evening News reported.

The huge event was paid for by Sanjay Jain, managing director of Kolkata-based property developer Siddha Group, whose son and nephew were the two grooms.

The report identified them only as Samyak and Aayushman, respectively, and did not name their brides.

Such was the high profile nature of the event for the local community that the vice-governor of Yunnan, Zhang Guohua, met Jain a few days before it took place to make sure it went smoothly, according to an article on the provincial government's website.

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The wedding was held at a resort near Dianchi Lake and included both Indian and Chinese marriage elements, including Indian drums and dances, Chinese dragon and lion dances, and stilt walking.

A cousin of the two grooms, who gave his name only as Harsh, said Indian people often held weddings overseas. He was also very complimentary about Kunming.

"The city is amazing," he was quoted as saying.

Wang Xiangyun, director of the Yunnan Society For China-India Cooperation and Exchange, said hosting Indian weddings was a good commercial opportunity for the province.

"Some other mainland provinces have realised this and they too are trying to attract rich Indian families to hold weddings in their cities," she said.

"Such events are not only a boost for the local wedding market, but also for tourism and trade co-operation."

This article was first published on South China Morning Post

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