Support The Moscow Times!

Couples Not Lining Up for 'Magic' 12/12/12 Wedding Date

Twice as many Moscow couples got married on the date of 11/11/11 last year, but the city wedding registry is not seeing a jump in applications of this year's "magic" date of 12/12/12, Interfax reported Monday.

"There is no boom related to the next 'magic' date in Moscow registrar offices," a registry official was quoted as saying, adding that applications for marriages on Dec. 12 would be accepted until Nov. 10, provided there are "open spaces in the registration schedules."

Last year, Moscow registrar's offices accepted 1,179 marriage applications for ceremonies on Nov. 11, 2011, more than twice the usual number.

Many Muscovites seem to prefer getting married on "magic" dates, according to data from previous years provided by the registrar's office. Thus, a total of 1,678 marriages were registered on July 7, 2007, while 1,597 couples tied the knot on Jul. 8, 2008. Still, only 190 marriages were registered on Oct. 10, 2010.

Related articles:

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.