3,500 Moonie Couples Get Hitched
First mass wedding since death of church founder
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2013 7:07 AM CST
Newly-married groom Juan Proano from Miami holds a wedding ring and a picture of his bride, who didn't appear, during a mass wedding ceremony in Gapyeong, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – They definitely do: The Moonies have staged their annual mass wedding, joining some 3,500 couples in matrimony in a South Korea stadium, reports Sky News. The group nuptials were the first since the death of Unification Church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon in September, and were presided over by his widow, Hak Ja Han, aka "Mother Moon." Many of the couples had only met days earlier and were of different nationalities, and some don't speak the same language. "Yeah, I was pretty nervous," said a 21-year-old man, himself the product of an Australian father and Japanese mother matched by Moon. Of his 21-year-old Japanese bride, he says, "We struggle a little to communicate right now, as I speak no Japanese at all, and she only speaks a little English, but we see it as an exciting challenge and proof of our faith."

Says another new bride: "I've been waiting for him all my life. Language isn't such an issue. We're connected by the church."

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Feb 17, 2013 4:21 PM CST
Think about it, belonging to a religion where the church determines who you are to marry (sight unseen) and both individuals agree to it. Now that's real power, or in my book a real Mind F*ck. By the way I like the picture of that old Asian pervert looking at a picture of his beautiful Western wife and the wedding night orgie that probably will never be.
Feb 17, 2013 1:46 PM CST
A man is half Australian and half japanese. He's marrying a japanese woman he can't communicate with... in SOUTH Korea? Wow. They'll be doing a lot of fighting over the issues of hunting whales!... if they get a translator! So who are these "moonies"? Aren't those the people who get together in groups and pull down their pants and show everyone their asses?
Feb 17, 2013 9:58 AM CST
I feel for those with only a picture. I married an issue of Playboy with an Ursula Andress centerfold when I was twelve. She still hasn't shown up. Someday..........