Dozen reasons to celebrate in North West

YESTERDAY birthdays fell, weddings happened and a date in the dozens caused many to look to the stars.

The day began like any other, but the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year was cause for celebration for many.  Newlyweds Michael McMullen and Kathryn Jones picked the lucky date to get married in front of family and friends at Anzac Park, with Michael joking that he hoped he would now be able to remember his anniversary with ease.

The pair have a double date with destiny: they got engaged on the 11.11.11.

With Tamworth civil celebrant Carrie Frith at the helm, the pair exchanged rings at 12pm, completing the theme of dozen to a tee.

It seems couples around NSW agreed with the Tamworth newlyweds, with more than 120 pairs tying the knot at Births, Deaths and Marriages registries in Sydney, Parramatta, Wollongong and Newcastle.

Birthdays were also celebrated around the region, but two extra special ones belonged to Kootingal’s Abrianna Dow and Barraba’s Zac McDouall. The pair turned 12 yesterday.

Abrianna was surprised with a giant cake from her friends at Kootingal Public School while Zac had a pool party to look forward to.

Around the world, people celebrated in different ways, attending charity concerts for Hurricane Sandy victims in the USA and mass meditation sessions in India.

But perhaps the most amusing news came from New Dehli newspaper The Hindu, which reported Indian gynaecologists were “in a tizzy” with pregnant women wanting to make their child’s birthday the auspicious date.

Going even further, the paper reported that some superstitious women were requesting caesarians booked specifically at, you guessed it, 12pm.

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