06 July 2007, 14:35
Global marriage boom expected on triple-seven day July 7, 2007
Moscow, July 6, Interfax - The triple-seven day on July 7, 2007, an exceptional calendar combination of the same number for the day, month and year, promises a happy day for most of the loving couples around the world who wish to legalize their relations on precisely this day.
Over 1700 marriages, twice as many as usual, will be registered next Saturday, July 7, in Moscow, Moscow Registry Office deputy head Tatiana Ushakova has informed Interfax.
She says it is the coincidence of number seven in the date, month and year that accounts for the great number of applications handed in for that day.
'In connection with such a great number of the couples who have decided to get married on this day, the Moscow Registry Office has decided to prolong the staff working hours', she said.
She also pointed out that next Saturday the marriage record of the first Sunday after Easter, the most popular day for marriage in Orthodox Russia, will be broken. 'This year, we registered 1200 couples on the first Sunday after Easter', Ushakova said.
An increased number of marriages is expected to be concluded next Friday as well. About one thousand couples will get married in registry offices in Moscow.
But the Russian Church calls upon the Russians not to be superstitious with regard to dates with unusual numeric combinations.
'I would not lash at people in love because they tend to seek for some 'mystical' coincidences that would strengthen their feelings. They are romantic, and I think hardly any of them believe in signs and coincidences in the way people believe in God', Archpriest Mikhail Dudko, responsible for church-state relations at the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, told Interfax on Tuesday.
This is how he commented on the excitement of some Russians who wish to get married on 07.07.07. This Tuesday is the last day for those who wish to register their marriage on the 'three-sevens-day' to hand in their applications to the registry office.
The priest noted that many, in choosing the 'happy day' for their marriage, do it to 'boast later to their relatives and friends that they managed to 'carve out' exactly this date'.
'It is as it were an additional tick to the joy of loving hearts united', he said.
At the same time, Father Mikhail said, there are those, 'though perhaps a few', who tend to take serious unusual numeric combinations, such as 07.07.07.
'In this case, I would like to remind them that the superstition of this kind contradicts the Christian understanding whereby no external sign, either positive or negative, can restrict human freedom', the representative of the Russian Church said.
Besides, the 7th of July falls on Saturday this year and on St. Peter's Fast, and no wedding are celebrated in both cases as it contradicts the church statute, the priest remarked.
'If people want to observe Orthodox canons, they should choose another day for their marriage', he added.