Although wedding days are known for shocking moments that we remember for a lifetime; it may be really hard for any marriage to reach what happened in eastern China in Suzhou last month.
With the wedding celebrations starting, the mom of the groom noticed an impossible coincidence; the bride of her son had an unusually familiar birthmark.
The woman noticed the bride had a birthmark on her hand that looked exactly like the one her long-lost daughter had.
She thought she lost her as a baby decades ago.
Mom Decides to Find Out the Truth
The mother-in-law-to-be asked the parents of the bride a very uncomfortable question, i.e. whether they adopted their daughter.
Although a family secret, the fact that the groom’s mom suspected it was a big clue.
The bride’s parents said ‘yes’ and this is when the mom started to cry, claiming her daughter-in-law-to-be is actually her daughter who she has been trying to find for 2 decades.
This is when the bride also broke down in tears, saying how she was also trying to find her birth mom for long.
She also added that finding her mom was a happier occasion than the wedding.
The Twists Did Not Stop There
According to the Oriental Daily, a newspaper in Hong Kong, after she couldn’t locate her missing daughter, the mom-in-law decided to adopt a child, a boy.
So, it turned out that the son was adopted and therefore, the bride and groom weren’t biologically related at all.
So, they continued with the wedding ceremony.
Is This a Legal Marriage According to Chinese Laws?
There was a lot of debate online about their story; some were wondering if it was legal to get married-despite no blood relationship, the two now had a status of brother and sister.
In the 50s, the Chinese Communist Party helped pass the first national marriage law.
It was made to put an end to feudal practices like arranged marriages and betrothals of children and to help equalize women in the family.
Thanks to this law, women were also encouraged to seek divorce if they wanted one. In the 80s; the government passed a reform of this law.
That is, a ban on marriages between relatives likes sisters and brothers, as well as collateral relatives like uncles, nieces, cousins, etc.
Since this specifically uses the term ‘relatives by blood’, the law didn’t apply to the Suzhou wedding parties.