Marriage registrations up 7.4% in 1st half, set to rise further on Chinese Valentine’s Day
As Qixi Festival, or traditional Chinese Valentine’s Day approaches, Chinese cities are preparing for the upcoming peak day of marriage registration during the festival in order to offer good services for new couples despite the COVID-19 resurgence. Marriage registrations during the festival have been booked solid in many areas.
Last week, the latest data published by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs showed that marriage registrations in the first half of this year were 4.166 million, up by 287,000 year-on-year but down by 814,000 from the first half of 2019.
In the first half of this year, 966,000 divorces were registered nationwide, down 39.4 percent year-on-year, the data showed.