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¡Enhorabuena!

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It was a beautiful day yesterday, with early signs of impending Summer. Temperatures were 24° C in the air with moderate winds, and 19° C in the Mediterranean waters. It was a day worthy of some celebration.

And celebrate they did, Cati and Rafael. The happy couple tied the knot in the esglèsia parroquial de Sant Miquel, in Felanitx. Upon leaving the church as husband and wife, both were showered with petals of roses and handfulls of rice as is the custom in Mallorca, in Spain and in many countries all over the world. Both, the petals and the rice are thrown as a symbol of fertility, I think.

Often, in Spain, the wedding is lavishly filmed on video and/or captured in hundreds of colour photographs. As far as I could make out, the wedded couple opted for the latter. When I asked the photographer in charge, Manolo, he told me that a digital photo album will be prepared by him in due course. He estimates that about 130 to 150 shots will be selected for a paper copy of a wedding photo album, out of some 900 that he might have taken.

After the church service, the wedding party headed for a private finca in the country side near Montuïri for dinner and for the obligatory wedding dance.

¡Enhorabuena! to the young couple, and to everybody else who might have got married yesterday.

Sadly, I have to report some bad news as well, I’m afraid. On the occasion of the International Day of Families three days ago, the Balearic Family Policy Institute published statistics, whereby the chances for a wedded couple to end up in a divorce are 4 out of 5, here in the Balearic Islands. This trend makes the Illes Balears the Spanish region with the third highest number of failed marriages.

But back to the good news, and just in case you should be interested: temperatures are expected to be around 26° C today with blue skies. Hooray.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 15th, 2009. The time was 18:49:46.

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