Newly weds Wu Xin and Liu Fan with Josh and Maud. Sharon and Stellus in a tango pose.
Some 50 married couples formed a flash mob in busy Orchard Road to celebrate married life.
The stunt was pulled off by Marriage Encounter (ME) Singapore. Adrian Tee who conceived the idea, wanted to go beyond the means of the traditional media for publicity, and saw the use of a flash mob as “something more contemporary relevant” in getting a message across to a younger audience.
He added that ME Singapore wanted to “hit the streets” for the public “to experience and see that happy marriages are very possible in this age”.
The event also marked World Marriage Day on Feb 14 which is celebrated by the international movement.
Couples gathered outside Ngee Ann City on Feb 13 at noon and remained frozen for five minutes. Each couple had a card which stated the number of years they were married. Amongst the couples who took part included Catholics and non-Catholics that have been married for a day up to 55 years.
Newlyweds Wu Xin and Liu Fan were told of the event by a Catholic friend. Mr Wu told CatholicNews in Mandarin that seeing the other couples so loving after many years of marriage has provided them with a goal and direction – to be able to hold each other’s hand and remain just as loving 50 years later.
He added that the married couples had also provided him with some advice about marriage.
Despite the first-time nervousness, it was encouraging to have the support of the married couples, said Mr Tee. His mother, despite suffering from cancer, came in a wheelchair with his father to show their support.
Also, some of the passers-by cheered for the mob, he added.
ME Singapore hopes to organise more flash mobs in the future.
For a video of the event, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdCOnlh9lUc
By Darren Boon