Pet weddings highlight animal blessing ceremony in the Philippines

Pet weddings highlight animal blessing ceremony in the Philippines

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Pomeranians Michi and Mochi were among 15 four-legged couples that tied the knot at a pet wedding ceremony in the Philippines on Sunday that was held along with a special blessing of pets to mark World Animal Day.

Owners Ianne De Guia and Bryan Largo, who joined hundreds of other pet lovers for the animal blessing, said Michi and Mochi -- dressed in a gown and tuxedo for the occasion -- were able to cement their union after recently having puppies.

The canine couples took the plunge at a park by a shopping mall where hundreds of animals, including cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs, also received blessings in a drive-through and in-person ceremony from a priest who sprinkled them with holy water.

It was the first in-person ceremony since the pandemic to mark World Animal day - celebrated worldwide to recognize animal rights and welfare - which falls on October 4, also the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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Pet weddings highlight animal blessing ceremony in the Philippines

1. A priest sprinkles holy water at a dog at a drive-through pet blessing, ahead of World Animal Day, at a mall in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Pet weddings highlight animal blessing ceremony in the Philippines

2. A priest sprinkles holy water at a cat at a drive-through pet blessing, ahead of World Animal Day, at a mall in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Pet weddings highlight animal blessing ceremony in the Philippines

3. A priest sprinkles holy water at dogs at a drive-through pet blessing, ahead of World Animal Day, at a mall in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Pet weddings highlight animal blessing ceremony in the Philippines

4. A priest sprinkles holy water at a dog at a drive-through pet blessing, ahead of World Animal Day, at a mall in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Pet weddings highlight animal blessing ceremony in the Philippines

5. A priest sprinkles holy water at a dog at a drive-through pet blessing, ahead of World Animal Day, at a mall in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

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