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August 8, 2008




Bay Area Couples Hope 8-8-08 Is Lucky


SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Beja Avana and Robert Reihl had been dating for five years and thought there was no better day to insure a bright future together than to tie the knot than on 8-8-08.


So at 8 a.m. on Friday the two arrived at the Sonoma County clerk’s office that has opened early just for the day.


“It’s 8-8-08 –- they think it’s lucky,” said Donna Avana, the mother of the bride. “They believe in each other – it’s all part of it.”


Considered one of the luckiest of numbers in China, Friday’s date of 8-8-08 has led to a rush to the altar by Bay Area couples.


San Francisco officials say wedding reservations for 8-8-08 filled up minutes after they were made available. "There were people camping out on our reservation system, waiting for the clock to hit midnight," said Karen Hong Yee, director of the clerk's office. "We tripled our current capacity and are doing 128 weddings that day." "Sometimes New Year's Eve gets popular, and Valentine's Day is always big, but we haven't seen this much of a demand in a while." The San Mateo County Clerk's chapel also filled up within the first week the date became available. The date is considered lucky according to Chinese numerology and tradition because it is the eighth day of the eighth month of 2008, or 08/08/08, the clerk's office reported.


All 19 spots were booked within a week of when Aug. 8 became available, which was 30 days in advance of the date, Deputy Clerk-Assessor Theresa Rabe said.

Only two couples had requested ceremonies for the date since it filled up, according to Rabe.


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