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Thousands Of People Take Part In Mass Wedding In Rio De Janeiro

The event was organised to help those unable to afford their own wedding.

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Almost 2,000 couples got married in a sports arena in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

AP / Silvia Izquierdo

The mass wedding was organised by local authorities to help those who would struggle to pay for their own ceremony.

AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

Couples with a combined monthly income of up to $1,000 (£640) were allowed to be involved, the BBC reported.

AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

The event took place at the Maracanazinho arena, and proceedings were presided over by volunteer civil judges.

AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

An evangelical Christian pastor and a Catholic priest also blessed the couples, AFP reported.

AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

The BBC said local officials put on special trains to help couples and their guests attend the event.

The annual mass wedding ceremony, known as Dia do Sim (I Do Day), was the biggest ever in Rio.
AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

The annual mass wedding ceremony, known as Dia do Sim (I Do Day), was the biggest ever in Rio.

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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