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UPDATED: 15:25, March 20, 2005
Foreign military officer holds wedding ceremony in Chinese style
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"First let the groom and bride make ceremonial obeisance to heaven and earth; second to relatives and friends; third to each other��" Recently a foreign cadet from Jamaica studying in the foreign training department of the Nanjing Army Command College named as Martin lifted his wife's red head cover, becoming the first foreign military officer to get China-issued marriage certificate and hold traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in China in more than 50 years of training foreign military officers.

As is learned the groom is the first Jamaica military office to come to China for military training. The "marriage certificate" he drew from the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs will need data translation and notarization by Jamaica Embassy in China before international recognition. It will take more than a month and cost more than 1,000 yuan to go through the formalities. Why does he want to do so? Martin said in his wedding ceremony, "China is rich in culture with peculiar wedding customs. We are holding our important event in our life in China; my wife and I will never forget in our life ��"

By People's Daily Online


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A wedding ceremony in Chinese style.

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Lift your head cover.

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