Married couples came together to celebrate World Marriage Day on Feb 14.Married couples came together to celebrate World Marriage Day on Feb 14.

More than 260 people, made up of married couples, their children and family, came together in a Freeze Flash Mob event lasting five minutes.

The rain could not dampen spirits of the couples who gathered to celebrate World Marriage Day in the heart of Orchard Road on Feb 14.

Proudly carrying signs declaring the number of years they have been happily married, the couples gamely “froze” and held various fun and loving poses together outside Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza.

Many curious passersby stopped to look and take photos, wondering what was happening. This was quickly explained with signs carried by volunteers stating: “Please do not be alarmed. Just happily married couples having fun!”
Children posing for a photo while their parents look on.Children posing for a photo while their parents look on.

Since 2011, Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Singapore has been organising a World Marriage Day Freeze Flash Mob to celebrate marriage in Singapore in a unique way to show the world that happy and lasting marriages are possible today.

Last year, 10 cities around the world also joined Singapore in celebrating World Marriage Day with a five minute “freeze”.

This year, other Family Life groups including Focus on the Family (FOTF), Family Life Society and the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) also joined in the celebratory event. Couples who participated came from diverse backgrounds and ages. Some were newly married while others were married for over 50 years.
A couple striking a pose during the Freeze Flash Mob event.A couple striking a pose during the Freeze Flash Mob event.
 
The prize for the longest married couple went to Nancy and William Wee, who have been married for 54 years.

The youngest married couple was Laura and Manuel Soliano, who were married just two months ago.

Joyce and Ronald Khoo won the prize for best pose with the help of their two children holding the letters: “J loves R”.

“We decided to strike this pose as the kids have the same initials as our names and, symbolically, we wanted to draw them into the love that we share as husband and wife,” said the couple, who have been married for 19 years.

For more information on Marriage Encounter, visit www.MEsingapore.org

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