High hopes for good luck and amusement on 11/11/11

A young girl named Mahima lights a series of candles forming the numerals '11.11.11' at her home in Hyderabad, India on Nov. 11. Many people all across the world observed the once-in-a-century date on Friday, and some even took it to the next level by getting hitched in mass weddings. (Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)



A birthday that comes only once every hundred years
Newborn baby Alula Talita Aquila Purnomo is held up by her mother next to her birth certificate at a hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia on Nov. 11. The hundreds of thousands of babies born on this auspicious day are considered to be very lucky. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)



Tying the knot for good luck
A bridal couple pose in front of an ornate clock at 11 a.m. in Prague's Old Town Square after their marriage on Nov. 11. Thousends of couples from around the world have chosen the date of 11/11/11 as their wedding date due to its symbolic value of luck. (Photo: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)



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