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Two three year old twins “got married” in the south of Thailand on Friday after their “incredible” recovery from illness stunned family and neighbours.
The ceremony, attended by hundreds of locals in the Patthalung area of the deep south, featured all the trappings of a Thai wedding – such as the traditional gifts for the nuptials and even a dowry of 150,000 baht for the hand of the female twin in marriage!
This tradition is something seen from time to time in Thailand when a family is struck by misfortune of one kind or another.
In this case the mother, Chayanan Saramolee,36, had fallen sick while carrying twins and was constantly ill. After the birth of her children – Thorfan and Marwin, born three minutes apart – the children too were constantly in and out of sickness for a long period.
It was decided to arrange a mock marriage between the two and, according to the father, as soon as this was done everyone recovered as if by magic.
Father Suthep Saramolee, 37, said: “After we arranged for the kids to marry all the illness disappeared. It was incredible! We wanted the marriage to go ahead to make everyone in the family feel happy.
“Now I believe that everything will be fine. The children will grow up healthy and be good citizens for sure.”
The practice of twin brothers and sisters ‘marrying’ isn’t actually uncommon in Thailand. Some superstitious parents believe that twin brothers and sisters were lovers in a previous life and ‘marrying’ the children will help to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.