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04 October 2011 :: 09:10:58 am 58781

Beijing Eighth Annual Twins Festival celebrates siblinghood

Hundreds of Chinese twins, triplets and quadruplets dressed in matching outfits celebrated their rare brother-and-sisterhood over the weekend in a country where most people grew up as the only child in the family.
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In a bustling park decorated with gigantic red lanterns, the Beijing Eighth Annual Twins Festival featured a parade as well as music and dance performances.

At least 500 pairs of twins attended the event on the second day of China’s week-long National Day holidays, according to local reports.

With a few exceptions, giving birth to a second child costs urban families a hefty fine from the Chinese government.

Many Chinese people believe that multiple births are a great blessing because parents can enjoy more companionship and care in their old age.

Under China’s one-child policy, each urban family can only have one child unless both parents are single children. Exceptions are also made to rural families and ethnic minorities.

The twins festival will last for two days.

Report by : Reuters

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