One of the most universal questions out there—aside from "Why do hot dogs and hot dog buns invariably come in different quantities?"—is, "Can you love two people at the same time?" In Vietnam, the answer is a resounding "maybe." Per Yahoo! News, on the 26th and 27th day of the third month of the lunar calendar (so… the eleventy third of Martober), Khau Vai, a village 310 miles north of Hanoi, has a sort of love market.
Per legend, a star-crossed couple from the region—unlike a famous pair from fair Verona—decided to let discretion get the better part of valor and part ways before further tragedy ensued. Still, unable to fully let go, they continued to meet, surreptitiously, once a year in order to "enjoy one another's company." 10 Greatest Love Stories Of All Time
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The saga continues today, with people traveling from surrounding provinces to meet old lovers without fear of recrimination. Yep. Getting to spend two days out of every 365 days (366 on a leap year) per year with someone you actually love is prett-y nice. Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman sums it up nicely: "It's a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer… To suffer fifty weeks a year for the sake of a two-week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off." Ya burnt, arranged marriage.
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Arranged marriages and strongly, strongly suggested marriages are on the wane in that thin patch of Heaven, but youngsters still enjoy the holiday as a way to meet folks from other parts of the area, and maybe even end up with their own love match. Arranged Marriage: Not So Bad?
Can you love more than one person? Would you ever consider trading your spouse, for just two days, to cavort with an old flame?