The 21 -year-old, who match her hubby exclusively two months away when matched by the church, added: “I am devastated that I am getting married today.”
South Korea has recorded 24 cases of coronavirus, which emerged in neighboring China, where more than 31,000 instances have been confirmed after first emerging in the city of Wuhan.
Seoul has barred entry to foreigners who have recently been to the ruined epicenter city.
Festivals, graduation ceremonies and concerts have been canceled in South Korea amid fears that large happenings could lead to virus transmission, and authorities have asked religious radicals to cooperate in preventing its spread.
The church decided to proceed with the happen because it had been “four years in the making, ” as part of the celebrations of the 100 th commemoration of religion founder Sun Myung Moon’s birth, spokesman Jang Young-chul told the AFP.
But followers from China were asked not to come, he said.
The church likewise shared face masks to the 30,000 -strong crowd — but simply some actually wore them at the Gapyeong event, where a joyful feeling prevailed.
Kim Chang-seong, 27, who was marrying a woman he assembled exclusively 20 days ago, said he was not worried about infection because the mass bridal had “special meaning” for him.
“By marrying a fellow religion adherent, I am taking a path paved by our religion commanders, ” he told AFP.
Mass bridals have all along been been signature episodes of the church, whose adherents ought to have dubbed “Moonies” after its founder, who died in 2012.
People who choose to be matched by the church must justify under oath that the issue is virgins — and must refrain from sexual relations for a minimum of 40 daytimes after their wedding.
Evelyne Chimfwembe, who flew in from Botswana to attend the ceremony with her husband of 28 years, said she hurled coronavirus carefulness to the wind because she felt the contest would be “under God’s control.”
This narrative was originally published by the New York Post .