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On New Year's Day Taiwan celebrated its 100 year anniversary of the founding of the self-ruled island. And to mark the historical day, Taiwan's president presided over the wedding of 100 couples.
One hundred happy couples gathered for a mass wedding outside Taipei's Presidential Palace on New Year's Day Saturday. It was presided over by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in celebration of the self-ruled island's 100th anniversary.
Crowds and the couples gathered in the early morning for the ceremony, and the raising of the national flag.
[Ma Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan]:
"This is not the first time for a lot of people, including me, to attend a flag-raising ceremony, but today is different. Aside from the flag raising, more important is the development of history. The whole world is celebrating the New Year but for Taiwan, this is a milestone in history, our country is 100-years-old."
Taiwan has been under self-rule since Chinese Nationalist forces fled to the island at the end of a civil war with the communists in 1949.