Naklua parents hold engagement ceremony for their 4-year-old twins

Friday, 01 March 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 9 By  Patcharapol Panrak

Call them old fashioned or just superstitious, but a Naklua couple had their 4-year-old fraternal twins engaged to be married to ward off bad luck.

Virithpol and Mukdachanok Tangtrongcharoen arranged a lavish engagement ceremony at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Feb. 14 for little Mongkolsiri Tangtrongcharoen and his sister Sirimongkol. The boy was given a dowry of 10 million baht in cash, land and gold to present to his tiny bride-to-be.

Sattahip Mayor Phawat Lertmukda and Nong Nooch General Manager Phanthanant Khantisuk bore witness at the ceremony in the park’s heart-shaped garden.

Sattahip Mayor Phawat Lertmukda presides over a mock engagement ceremony for 4-year-old fraternal twins Mongkolsiri and Sirimongkol Tangtrongcharoen.Sattahip Mayor Phawat Lertmukda presides over a mock engagement ceremony for 4-year-old fraternal twins Mongkolsiri and Sirimongkol Tangtrongcharoen.

Born Feb. 9, 2009, the twins are fraternal, but look similar and are inseparable, mother Mukdachanok said. She believes that, in a past life, they were lovers.

She adheres to the ancient belief that bad luck follows fraternal twins throughout their lives. To ward off the evil spirits, the engagement was arranged and the gods paid off with the handsome dowry of 2,999,9999 baht, three land titles and 40 gold bars.

It is important to note that this ceremony is part of an old wives’ tale, and that the two toddlers will never actually marry each other.

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