Joint wed­ding for Chi­nese and Sri Lankan con­struc­tion work­ers

Changjiang Weekly - - CONTENTS - By Han Wei

A joint wed­ding cer­e­mony was held for 19 pairs of Chi­nese and Sri Lankan em­ploy­ees from the China Con­struc­tion Third En­gi­neer­ing Bureau in Sri Lanka on Au­gust 16, the day be­fore Qixi Fes­ti­val, the Chi­nese Valen­tine's Day. These new­ly­weds came from more than 10 prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of China in­clud­ing Hubei, He­nan and Jiangsu, as well as the south­ern prov­inces and Colombo re­gion of Sri Lanka. Be­cause of the "Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive," they came to­gether, got to know each other and fell in love.

To the mu­sic of the wed­ding march, 12 Chi­nese and seven Sri Lankan pairs of new­ly­weds tied the knot. Dressed in tra­di­tional Chi­nese red at­tire, they ex­changed vows with more than 300 peo­ple as wit­nesses.

Chen Jiany­ong, work­ing for the Sri Lankan Blue Star Apart­ment Project, works in Colombo; his wife, Pan Xiaoxu, works near Ham­ban­tota, a 300- kilo­me­ter dis­tance that takes six to seven hours to drive. Be­cause of their busy sched­ule, they didn't even have time to take wed­ding pho­tos be­fore­hand.

"This joint wed­ding has made my wife and me feel full of ex­cite­ment. It will be a pre­cious mem­ory in our lives. We will con­tinue to work for our home­town and con­trib­ute to the friend­ship between China and Sri Lanka," said Sri­nas, a Sri Lankan em­ployee do­ing busi­ness with the third ten­der sec­tion of the ex­ten­sion of the south­ern Sri Lankan Ex­press­way and whose wife is also work­ing on the project.

Be­fore the wed­ding cer­e­mony, the China Con­struc­tion Third En­gi­neer­ing Bureau col­lected videos of bless­ings from project staff all over the world to send their best wishes to the 19 cou­ples.

Photo by Deng Gu­osong

The joint wed­ding cer­e­mony

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