Most of you probably celebrated Valentine’s Day with exotic flowers, fancy chocolates, candle-light dinners or a romantic movie. But in Thailand, people celebrated this Valentine’s Day a tad bit differently. Fifty-nine couples in the country got married while riding elephants in an annual Valentine’s Day mass wedding ceremony. Held at a botanical garden, band led the procession of couples atop elephants who signed their marriage license amid the landscaped garden. This hatke wedding ceremony surely caught eyeballs.
Annual Mass Wedding Ceremony Takes Place In Thailand On Valentine’s Day
The elephant back mass wedding is an annual event at the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Thailand. It usually brings together around a hundred couples. But this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the numbers were down drastically, fifty-nine couples got married. Kampon Tansacha, president of the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden stated that visitors felt safer thanks to the strict screening protocols at the botanical park. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden showcases landscaped gardens across the world.
Couples Rode Elephants & Signed Marriage Licenses
This Valentine’s Day, couples rode elephants to attend the annual mass wedding ceremony. Dancers and a band led the procession of elephants and couples. The brides and grooms also got their marriage license signed while seated on elephants. A provincial officer handed them their marriage certificates. A groom, Patiphat Panthanon stated to news agencies,” For me, I’ve been planning for a long time that if I were to sign a marriage licence one day, it must be an extraordinary event.” The elephants were beautifully decorated with a heart-shaped satin headband adorned with flowers.
This was truly a sight to behold. With the wedding space decorated with heaps of colourful fruits and floral decor. It was indeed one of the most unique ways to get married. If you’re planning to visit Thailand, then here are the top 10 things you can do in Koh Samui.