Chi­nese ex­pats hold group wed­ding

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

FIVE Chi­nese cou­ples work­ing for Si­no­hy­dro Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited said their “I dos” on Mon­day dur­ing a colour­ful col­lec­tive wed­ding held at Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage.

The cou­ples, Li Shix­iong and Yuan­mei, Tang Haichun and Pi Haidi, Wu Yong and Huang Qun­hui, Zang Duanyi and Li Chun­yan as well as Cheng Hui and He Yumei, met and fell in love dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the Me­to­long Dam and Raw Wa­ter Pump Sta­tion.

Si­no­hy­dro Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited was con­tracted to con­struct the pub­lic works projects which be­gan in 2011 and of­fi­cially launched last Fri­day.

While be­ing quintessen­tially Chi­nese, the wed­ding cer­e­mony was in­fused with el­e­ments of western and Se­sotho cul­ture. The brides ar­rived wear­ing ori­en­tal dresses which were later on changed for wed­ding gowns. On their part, the bride­grooms donned dark suits.

The colour scheme was red, which is al­ways as­so­ci­ated with hap­pi­ness and good for­tune in Chi­nese cul­ture.

Guests were en­ter­tained by the Ha Mako­toko mokhibo group which put up a lively per­for­mance.

Among the guests in at­ten­dance was Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili, Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Le­sotho Hu Dingx­ian, Wa­ter Affairs Min­is­ter Ralechate ‘Mokose, the wife of Thaba Bo­siu prin­ci­pal chief ‘Malerotholi Khoa­bane Let­sie Theko and Me­to­long Au­thor­ity CEO Keith Reynolds who each read out the mar­riage cer­tifi­cates of one of the five cou­ples.

In his re­marks, Dr Mo­sisili said he wished the cou­ples hap­pi­ness, wealth and good health, adding that they should bear “plenty” of chil­dren.

“It is an hon­our to wit­ness the mat­ri­mony of th­ese beau­ti­ful cou­ples. I now re­alise that there was more to the con­struc­tion of the dam at Me­to­long as fam­i­lies were con­structed as well,” he said amid howls of laugh­ter.

On be­half of the Si­no­hy­dro board, Xiao Huamin who came all the way from the com­pany’s head­quar­ters in China, said the wed­dings proved that they had a good work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“Seven years ago, we wit­nessed the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Me­to­long Dam, and to­day we are wit­nesses of the love that de­vel­oped dur­ing the con­struc­tion,” he said.

“The pro­ject has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence and that is ev­i­dent with the mat­ri­mony of th­ese five cou­ples.”

Huamin added: “We re­ceived a warm re­cep­tion from Ba­sotho which proves the deep and true friend­ship of Le­sotho and the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China.

“We wish the cou­ples happy and joy­ous lives and long live the friend­ship of Ba­sotho and Chi­nese.”

THE five cou­ples at Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage for their col­lec­tive wed­ding cer­e­mony on Mon­day.

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