We wish a happy 36th anniversary to the 2075 couples of the 1982 Holy Marriage Blessing!
A large percentage of the American Unification movement—2,075 couples, or 4,150 persons in all—participated in a record-setting Marriage Blessing ceremony officiated by True Parents at New York’s Madison Square Garden arena. This number eclipsed the previous record of 1,800 couples married by True Parents in Seoul in 1975, which was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest mass wedding in history. The Marriage Blessing was preceded by the matching engagement of 705 couples in May 1979, 843 couples in December 1980, and 653 couples in June 1982. More than 60 percent of the couples were either interracial or intercultural. With this event, the church in America went virtually overnight from being a movement of primarily single people to one of married people.