Photos: Unification Church holds mass wedding

Thousands of couples take part in the Unification Church's International Mass Wedding Ceremony, also known as the Cosmic Blessing, at Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, on Sunday, February 17. More than 20,000 people were expected to participate, including 1,000 couples getting married for the first time, 2,500 previously married couples, and 13,000 guests. The ceremony signifies the transcending of race and religion by creating God-centered families, according to the church, which is known for mass weddings and arranged matches.

Thousands of couples take part in the Unification Church's International Mass Wedding Ceremony, also known as the Cosmic Blessing, at Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, on Sunday, February 17. More than 20,000 people were expected to participate, including 1,000 couples getting married for the first time, 2,500 previously married couples, and 13,000 guests. The ceremony signifies the transcending of race and religion by creating God-centered families, according to the church, which is known for mass weddings and arranged matches.