MELBOURNE: An Indian-origin couple in Australia is on cloud nine after being blessed with a baby girl who was born at 09:09 a.m. local time on Wednesday (09/09/09).

Dhara and Sudish Patel said the time of delivery, considered auspicious in many parts of the world, particularly China, was a surprise.

“The baby was due on September 12,” ABC News quoted Ms. Patel as saying.

In the U.S. too, a baby girl were born at the same time.

“It’s very exciting,” said 28-year-old Maria Villagomez from the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens.

In Chinese, “nine, nine,” or “jiu, jiu,” means “for a long time.” Thousands of Chinese flocked to get married on Wednesday, believing that the date will guarantee longevity of their wedding and life. — PTI

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