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Couples and parents set
eyes on 12/12/12

A baby boy, born at 12 p.m., lies in an incubator in the nursery room of Bunda Hospital in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. The hospital recorded 16 babies were born on Wednesday as many mothers chose to give birth on 12-12-12. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)
A baby boy, born at 12 p.m., lies in an incubator in the nursery room of Bunda Hospital in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. The hospital recorded 16 babies were born on Wednesday as many mothers chose to give birth on 12-12-12. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Despite falling in the middle of the week when people usually work, this Wednesday sees hordes of couples rushing to get married as it is Dec. 12, 2012, or 12/12/12.

It is a date that comes around once every 100 years, and Wednesday marks the end of a string of annual numerical repetitions for the 21st century. Such a triple-date will not be seen again until Jan. 1 in 2101, nearly 90 years from now.

The Rawamangun Religious Affair Office (KUA) in East Jakarta, for example, recorded a surge in married couples as it had wedded 16 couples as of this morning, said the office’s staff member, Yusfa, as quoted by tempo.co.

One of the couples, Nova Hediyanti and Dian Maulana, came to the office in their wedding outfits.

“[If] we get married today, people will always remember,” Nova said smiling from ear to ear.

Officers at the KUA in Subang, West Java, meanwhile, have been busy since morning as it already registered the marriage of 12 couples.

“Everyone will be busy until this evening, because we will see many wedding-vow (akad nikah) ceremonies,” said one of the office’s wedding administrators, Gayus Priyono.

Besides couples looking to have the date as their wedding date, many people also want to have their babies born on the special date.

Four pregnant women in Klaten Islamic Hospital in Central Java, for example, have planned to deliver their babies through cesarean on Wednesday.

“They planned the procedure a long time ago,” said an obstetrician at the hospital, Nani Nurhayati.

Some lucky ones, like Sarni, a 30-year-old resident of Sidomuluk in Klaten, Central Java, were able to deliver their babies on the special date without having to go to the operating table.

“I didn’t plan to give birth today. It’s only a coincidence that I delivered my baby on 12/12/12,” Sarni said. (han/iwa)

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