During the Chongyang Festival also know as Senior Festival (October 9th), 24 elderly married couples from Chengdu (Sichuan Province) decided to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary by tying the knot for the second time.
50 years ago marriage was a lot different. There were no banquets, no bridal gowns and no rings. Your parents had a meeting with another family and if they felt that both families were suited for each other, you were married with their son or daughter.
For these 24 couples, this is the first time they wore formal wedding clothes. They have joined hands for the last 50 years, they have raised children and grandchildren together, and to them this moment feels like closure. They have just realized again that they could not live without each other.
“My wife is a great beauty” – Chen Jiguang and Zhu Zifang: 54 years of marriage.
Zhu Zifang is wearing a wedding gown sitting on a swing outside. Many young people are fascinated and take pictures of her. Grandpa Chen asked her, “It’s raining, are you cold?” Chen breaks a smile and says, “When she was young, my wife was a great beauty. Now, although she is older, she can still get a lot of people’s attention”.
“Marriage is for life” – Wu Rangjiang and Gao Linfeng: 54 years of marriage.
Since we got married in 1962 we have been supporting and helping each other. Gao says, “Which married couples does not argue? We do argue, but we can endure each other. After you are married, you have to make the best out of life as husband and wife.”
“64 years after we are still holding each other’s hand” – Fan Junqing and Zou Qirong: 64 years of marriage.
Fan Junqing recalls, “We did not have a marriage ceremony, our families were very poor, and we got married just after our parents had a meeting…since we got married, our favorite hobby is to play cards. Now we have been playing together for 64 years. Also, every day after diner, we go out for a walk holding hands. Half a century has passed and we are still holding hands.”
“You are the only one in my heart” – Liu Bangfu and Leng Yunqing: 52 years of marriage.
Liu Bangfu is the stickiest bridegroom ever. While other bridegrooms are all having a rest, he is standing behind his wife while she is putting on make-up. When he was younger, he served at the PSB of Danbasen. Due to work, he could only return home once or twice a year. His wife Leng Yunqing stayed home farming and raising the children.
“Understanding each other is the only way to grow old together” – He Duoyou and Xubenying: 51 years of marriage.
“We met for the first time through a matchmaker and we became husband and wife. In a twinkle of an eye we got white hair and now we are celebrating 50 years of marriage. Life is now so good; we have enough food and clothes to wear, in the past this was not conceivable. To be able to grow old together, old people have their own secret: understanding each other.”
牵手 （qiān shǒu） – hold hands
拉扯大（lāchědà）– bring up /raise (child)
老伴 (lǎobàn) – husband or wife
婚礼（hūnlǐ） – wedding ceremony
婚纱 （hūnshā）– bridal gown
戒指 （jièzhi）– ring
金婚 （jīnhūn）– golden wedding
吵架 (chǎojià) – quarrel
理解 (lǐjiě) – understanding
重阳节 （chóngyángjié）– Chong Yang Festival OR Double Ninth Festival
宴请 (yànqǐng) – invite to dinner
媒人 (méirén) – matchmaker
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