Polygamous Unions Blessing Ceremony: Over 800 Couples Wed in South Africa Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

This news story describes a mass wedding ceremony performed on Easter Sunday in South Africa, when over 800 couples were married. The ceremony, which enables polygamous marriage, was arranged by the International Pentecost Holiness Church and was hosted in the Jerusalem congregation, 100 kilometers north of Johannesburg. Current couples dressed colorfully, while first-time brides chose conventional white gowns. Despite a long-standing disagreement over church leadership, the mass wedding was a joyous and celebratory event for the couples and their families, and it was held under strict security, with armed guards and metal detectors screening participants.