Parents marry off 5 kids in one go

ALOR STAR - Meat dealer Che Ariffin Abdul Manaf and his wife, Sharifah Fatimah Syed Hussain, yesterday created a record of sorts.

They tied the knot for five of their seven children -- four sons and a daughter -- in a mass wedding reception at their house in Lorong Seri, Jalan Langgar here.

The event saw about 1,000 guests converging on their place here to extend their wishes to the five couples.

There was music, singing of religious songs and food, such as laksa Kedah, peanut apam as well as giant pots of curry chicken and beef.

Che Ariffin said getting his second to sixth children -- Farhana, 27, Mohd Farhan, 25, Mohd Syafiq, 24, Mohd Anis, 22, and Mohd Anas, 20 -- to marry on the same day saved him much trouble from having to plan and repeat the celebrations.

He said the mass wedding had cost some RM100,000 to host.

"We did not really plan for it.

"The idea came up suddenly some months back and the children also consented to it.

"It took us three months to plan everything."

Daughter Farhana works as a clerk in his company while Farhan, Syafiq and Anis helped out in the sales.

Anas is a Quran teacher.