Where did the Anniversary Celebration and Gift giving tradition originate?
In early times a man would present his wife with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary and a golden one on the 50th anniversary. Hence arose silver and golden wedding anniversaries. The practice of giving peculiar gifts on various wedding anniversaries originated in Central Europe. Among the medieval Germans it was customary for friends to present a wife with a wreath of silver when she had lived with her husband twenty-five years. The silver symbolized the harmony that was assumed to be necessary to make so many years of matrimony possible. On the fiftieth anniversary of a wedding the wife was presented with a wreath of gold. This practice, borrowed from the Germans, has been elaborated upon in modern times. Why give Gifts for an Anniversary? By the mid-to-late 1930s, people began to celebrate 1st, 10th, 20th and 70th anniversary along with 25th and 50th anniversaries. A gift for each of these milestone anniversary years was also decided by the society. The logic of presenting gif