the concept of anniversary comes from anniversarius,
a Latin word. This is what is repeated every year (that is, it
Typically, the term is used with reference to the date on
which an event is celebrated. For example: "Tomorrow we will celebrate our
fifth wedding anniversary", "We are organizing the celebrations for
the company's new anniversary", "Today marks the second anniversary of
the terrible terrorist attack".
The birthday, which refers to the day of birth of
an individual, is the most popular anniversary. When a person turns 56, to cite
a case, they celebrate the 56th anniversary of their birth. With each passing
year, you will celebrate a new birthday / anniversary.
As a curious fact, although it is correct to use the term anniversary as
a synonym of birthday from an academic point of view, in everyday
speech the latter is the most common, while the former is usually used by those
people who do not like to admit that they are also victims of the passage of time,
that is, they age.
In this sense, saying "today is my anniversary" seems to be less graphic or
direct than "today is my birthday", since instead of focusing on the passage of
time it refers to a celebration. However, if we review the
etymology of the term, the decision seems absurd, since, as mentioned in the
first paragraph, it speaks to us of "something that comes back every year".
It is also common for the wedding anniversary to be
celebrated. As its name suggests, this celebration commemorates the date in
which a couple contracted marriage. The different
anniversaries bear special names and link the celebration to one element: the
third anniversary is called "leather weddings", the fifth anniversary
is known as "wooden weddings", etc.
Currently, the general perception is that couples last less than in the past,
that the percentage of separations and divorces has increased
considerably in recent decades. As a consequence, it is no longer so common to
reach the special anniversaries mentioned in the previous paragraph, much less
the highest, such as the "pearl weddings" (at thirty years of
marriage), the "ruby weddings" (at the age of forty), the "golden
anniversary" (at the age of fifty), much less the "wedding of bone",
almost impossible to achieve even in the absence of divorce since they celebrate
the hundred years of union in marriage.
On the other hand, there are those who stay together for fear of separating,
or for different interests, and see the different
anniversaries passing one by one without deserving them, so to speak, or without
feeling them genuinely, as if they were trophies obtained illegitimately.
In each country, anniversaries of the most important events in their history are
generally celebrated. The anniversary of the declaration of
independence, the anniversary of a military triumph and
the anniversary of the restoration of democracy are some of the
most remembered ephemeris.
Depending on the culture, there may be a rejection of the
youngest for learning these dates, either for focusing on other countries or for
lack of interest in history; In any case, the fault is always found in
education, in the perspective that is given to children about these issues,
generally taking them to the extreme of patriotism or anti-nationalism.
The founding of a company, a sporting triumph, the passing
of a law and the inauguration of an infrastructure project are other events that
are usually remembered each year through its anniversary.