December hears most ‘I Do’s’ in the Philippines, PSA reports
Not only does December mark the Christmas season and the time of giving, but the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reveals that the last month of the year is the new preferred month for tying the knot in the archipelago.
According to PSA, December 2022 witnessed 55,599 couples saying “I do” to earn the title of the most popular month for marriages in the Philippines.
This data accounted for 12.4 percent of all registered marriages in the country, leaving June, with its historical ties to Roman traditions, trailing in fourth place.
February came in second with 52,426 unions (11.7 percent share), while April followed suit with 44,600 couples walking down the aisle (9.9 percent share).
However, November seemed to have skipped the wedding bells, recording the lowest number of registered marriages at 23,862 (5.3 percent share).
What’s the deal with June, you ask? Despite its reputation as the traditional wedding month, only 9.8 percent of Filipino couples chose to exchange vows during this period, totaling 44,043 registered marriages.
The PSA didn’t just report the preferred month for marriages as it also unveiled a rise in registered marriages in 2022, with a 25.9 percent increase from the previous year, reaching a total of 449,428 matrimonial celebrations.
Compared to the pre-pandemic era, this marks a four percent uptick in marriages from 2019 to 2022.
Well, with this one, December has officially taken the spotlight in the Philippines’ matrimonial scene, proving once and for all that love and joy are not bound by tradition but rather by the merry spirit of the holiday season.