Anniversary comes from the Latin word anniversarius, meaning (re)turning yearly. As such, it refers to a day commemorating or celebrating a past event that occured on the same day. The most commonly celebrated example is the wedding anniversary.
Married couples often mark the anniversary date of their marriage in special ways, sometimes celebrating the occasion with their families and friends. There are special gifts associated with each anniversary, although these vary from country to country.
The most important wedding anniversaries are the 10th, along with the Silver (25th) and Golden (50th) anniversaries. In many countries, the head of state or the monarch will send a personal greeting for a wedding anniversary after the 50th (in North America) or after the 60th (in the UK and Commonwealth countries).
Roman Catholics may apply for a Papal blessing through their local diocese for wedding anniversaries of a special nature (25th, 50th, 60th, etc.).
Flowers: Anniversary bouquet re-visited
Recreate the bouquet your wife carried at your wedding by giving her one flower for each month you have been together. Choose flowers and colours from the original bouquet.
Journal: Story of a Lifetime
Preserve your most precious memories for the next generation: write your own story of your life. Chronicle all the important events and relationships, milestones and challenges for a fantastic keepsake present which is great to pass on to future generations.
Journal: Love story
A pretty journal is a great gift if you add a personal touch: Write down your feelings of what your partner means to you, the reasons for your love and your fondest memories of shared moments and experiences. You can even start a tradition and pass the book back and forth (on important dates or whenever you feel like it), so over time both of you write down your personal love story.
Like all girls I too love jewelery and especially diamond jewelery. My husband gave me a diamond pendant in shape of a heart on our 5th wedding anniversary.
Wheat is a symbol of an abundant harvest and used to wish for fruitfulness.
Roman wedding cakes were made of plain wheat. Bride and groom tasted the first piece, while the rest of the cake was crumbled over the head of the bride to ensure for a bountiful life.
The ringing of bells symbolises the universal power of purification.
According to Irish tradition, a bell is used to maintain harmonious relationships by protecting against lover's quarrels: whenever a disagreement begins, one of the lovers immediately rings the bell, thus breaking the spirit of discord and renewing the spirit of love.
Traditionally, Navajo weddings include a special ceremonial basket to represent the union of two people destined to be together. Made of interwoven coils, the braided basket is said to symbolise the joining of soul mates for all eternity.
A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.
Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day.
An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.
Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.