World rings in 11-11-11 with hopes of good luck

Friday marked the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011. Around the world, people celebrated the triple convergence of 11s with a splash.

Some 1,000 Chinese couples exchanged vows on a date viewed as auspicious and romantic. In China, a special “1111” train started at 11:11 am on the No 11 line in Shanghai.

“The numbers rhyme with one husband, one wife and one soul in Chinese and signifies a marriage that would last a lifetime,” said nurse Pua Kim Giok, 25, who tied the knot with engineer Lee Chin Siong, 27. They were among 460 couples who got married at the popular Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

Great Pyramid closed
Not everyone was smiling, however. Egypt’s antiquities authority closed the largest of the Great Pyramid of Giza following rumours that groups would try to hold spiritual ceremonies on the site at 11:11.

The authority’s head Mustafa Amin said that the pyramid of Khufu, also known as Cheops, would be closed until Saturday morning for “necessary maintenance”. The closure followed a string of unconfirmed reports in local media that unknown groups would try to hold “Jewish” or “Masonic” rites on the site.

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