KABUL, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- As many as 140 couples have got married at a mass wedding in Afghan capital Kabul, a local TV channel reported Saturday.
The large ceremony took place on Friday in western Kabul, where 140 young couples tied the knot, Arianna News TV said.
The ceremony was sponsored by Hazrat-e-Abul Fazl organization, a local charity group.
The aim of the event was said to cut back on lavish expenses of wedding parties as young generation in the war-affected nation are suffering grave poverty.
"I am so glad for attending this great wedding ceremony, I ask all citizens to prevent lavish expenses," Ismail Khaliqi, a groom at the wedding, was quoted as saying.
Najiba, a bride who joined the ceremony was also joyful for the mass wedding.
"My wedding was more glorious compared to others. We did a great job. We must be a good example to the others," she said.
Families taking part in the event also welcomed holding such weddings and called on the wealthy people to financially support poor families to get married.
Highly lavish wedding parties have become very common in Afghanistan, among the poverty-stricken people that can cost thousands of U.S. dollars, making youth to wait for years to find and pay for their marriage.