Back in October I went to a Relief Society activity. Emily came, too, and announced her engagement to the ladies. One of the women at my table asked what day Emily would be getting married, so I told her.
"And what's significant about that date?" she asked.
I fumbled for an answer. It was not a question I was expecting to hear.
"It was, uh, just a convenient date," I started, "I mean, they were going to wait to get married in May on the day they met but that would make for a long engagement so instead they just picked a day in December."
"Well, there might not be anything significant abou it now but it will be her anniversary!" my friend Reenie observed with a smile.
One day I want to be like Reenie. Every time I see her she has this fantastic smile on her face and she's clearly far from being pessimistic.
Since then I've come up with more than one reason why Emily's wedding date is significant. First off, in numerals, her wedding date is 12-21-2010 or 21-12-2010, depending on which way you write your date, and that's pretty cool. Second, it's winter solstice (which I like to think of as winter solace—like the sun is saying, "Hey, guys, sorry it's winter; I'll start coming out more starting tomorrow."). Third...ummm...I only thought of two cool things and I think that's okay because the day will become significant on it's own accord because it is her wedding day.
When Andrew and I chose our wedding day our main criteria were that it not interfere with finals and that there was room in the temple that day, so after going over my final's schedule Andrew phoned the temple and asked them what dates and times they had available. Thus, we ended up getting married at 3:00 PM on Thursday, December 16, 2005, a completely convenient date.
I don't think there is anything else fun about our anniversary date besides the fact that it's our anniversary.
12-16-2005 or 16-12-2005, a boring date in every way, though if King Henry VI happens to be your favourite monarch this is the day he was crowned king of France (in 1431). In 1707, Mount Fuji erupted on this day (and hasn't since) and, speaking of Japan, on the same day (in 1997) an episode of Pokemon aired and caused seizures in many Japanese children watching TV that day. Thailand joined the UN in 1946, and in 1944 the Battle of the Bulge commenced. In 1773, Boston had a Tea Party and in 1930 Herman Lamm, a notorious and brilliant bank robber, died (by means of an angry mob).*
December 16th also boasts a number of obscure holidays: It's the Christian Feast day for Adelaide of Italy, South Africa's Day of Reconciliation, Kazakhstan's Independence day, Bahrain's National Day, Thailand's National Sports Day, and is also Victory Day for both Bangladesh and India. It's also the first day of Las Posadas, which is a nine-day-long celebration to reflect upon the trials Mary and Joseph went through before finding a place of lodging in Bethlehem (apparently this is a popular tradition in Mexico).*
So basically our wedding anniversary is celebrated worldwide. I'll bet they'll even have fireworks for us in Kazakhstan and Bahrain this Thursday (new bucket list idea: be in Kazakhstan or Bahrain on our anniversary) so be on the lookout (Lydia and...I don't think I know anyone in Kazakhstan right now).
Is your wedding date significant (I mean, besides being your anniversary and all)?
*Special thanks to Wikipedia.