Anniversaries and Capitalism

Did you know how humans started celebrating wedding anniversaries? No? Well, I found the details for you:

The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their twenty-fifth anniversary, and a gold wreath on the fiftieth. Later, principally in the twentieth century, commercialism led to the addition of more anniversaries being represented by a named gift.

From Wikipedia

Even before I googled this story, I knew capitalism was behind the celebration of it and I was giddy at being proven right. Listen y’all before you come at me – I am not against celebrating milestones. By all means, do it.

Some of my issues re: anniversaries are as follows 1. It is laced with capitalism desire. 2. It is a bigger deal how long people have been together as opposed to how the relationship is (the quality of it you might say). 3. The shame behind divorce and 4. Marriage being seen as an achievement.

Anyway, our wedding was 9 years ago today.


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