Gallery: 50 couples married in Nablus mass wedding

Large ceremony is sponsored by the Palestinian Authority in a Roman amphitheater; thousands attend, including dozens of PA officials.

Palestinian brides at mass wedding in Nablus 311 AP (photo credit: AP)
Palestinian brides at mass wedding in Nablus 311 AP
(photo credit: AP)
A mass wedding took place in the West Bank city of Nablus last week.

Fifity couples participated in the ceremony held at the Roman amphitheater in Gamal Abd al-Nasser Park, sponsored by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.RELATED:Restoration work nearly complete at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus Palestinians: Settlers vandalize school near Nablus
The mass wedding, held under the slogan, "There is something to live for on this land," was attended by thousands of people including dozens of PA officials, according to a Xinhua report.One of the grooms participating said, "It's wonderful to have so many people celebrate your wedding," according to the Xinhua report.The wedding was described in a press release as the culmination of a series of events in Nablus over the past few years "intended to shed light on the issues of high marriage dowries and the intersection of marriage and economic recovery," the Palestinian News Network reported.According to the PNN report, the oldest groom was 53 years old, and the youngest was 21.