A groom kisser his bride as Lebanese Maronite Christian couples take part in a mass wedding at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerke on September 2, 2018.AFP / ANWAR AMRO
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Newlywed Josiana Abboud recently married her husband at a collective wedding ceremony in Bkirki with 41 other couples, at an event Sunday organized by the Maronite League.For nine years, the league has been granting couples in financial difficulty the opportunity to have a marriage ceremony, in addition to subsequent support.In the Bekaa, more than 100 brides and grooms from across Lebanon celebrated their marriages in a collective wedding ceremony in Baalbeck in late August.One hundred and sixteen couples participated in this year's ceremony, and as per the association's tradition, each couple is given $1,000 dollars.For Abboud, the collective wedding ceremony in which she and her husband participated was an exciting opportunity.
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