Have you ever wondered how two married people stay happy for a lifetime? How do they succeed in finding their soulmate? Is there any secret formula for a successful happy loving marriage? Well, There is no proven formula for a successful marriage but with love, trust, understanding, and sacrifice any marriage can be successful. You may have wondered sometimes that is there any international day to celebrate the marriage worldwide apart from your marriage anniversary. There is! The World Marriage Day is around the corner which celebrates the love of the married couples. So let’s talk more about the world marriage day.
History of World Marriage Day
World Marriage Day is celebrated on 2nd Sunday of February each year. So the world marriage day for this year will be celebrated on 8 February 2018. World Marriage Day was introduced by American organization Worldwide Marriage Encounter which is associated with the Catholic Marriage Encounter movement. The history of World Marriage Day is pretty interesting. In 1981, in Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, couples requested the Mayor, Governor and the Bishop to declare St. Valentines Day as “We Believe in Marriage Day”. The event became very successful and later was adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s National Leadership. By 1982, 43 Governors also officially declared the day and soon the celebrations spread to U.S. military bases in various foreign countries. The world marriage day continued to grow popular and spread to other countries each year. In 1983, the name was officially changed to “World Marriage Day” and since then the day was fixed to celebrate world marriage day on 2nd Sunday of February each year. In 1993, Pope John Paul II gave his blessings on World Marriage Day.
Purpose of World Marriage Day
The purpose of world marriage day is very noble. The purpose statement says that “World Marriage Day honors husband and wife as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy in daily married life.”
Symbol(Logo) and Theme of World Marriage Day for 2018
This is the symbol of world marriage day. The symbol itself says it all which is loving each other. The two candle like figures of husband and wife indicate that the marriage of two people brings the light of happiness to their world. The heart is connecting them and is the center of power which gives them the strength to stay united and inspire others to do so.
The theme for world marriage day is fixed for every year and it is “Love One Another”. This phrase is the commandment given us by Jesus in John 15:12. This theme is used to celebrate the world marriage day each year.
World Marriage Day 2018 Prayer
There is a holy prayer for the world marriage day and it is as follows,
“Father, as we prepare for world marriage day, we thank you for your tremendous gift of the Sacrament of Marriage. Help us to witness to its glory by a life of growing intimacy. Teach us the beauty of forgiveness so we may become more and more One in Heart, Mind and Body. Strengthen our dialogue and help us become living signs of your love. Make us grow more in love with the Church so we may renew the Body of Christ. Make us a sign of unity in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Brother. Amen” – Fr. Bill Dilgen, S.M.M.
How to Celebrate the World Marriage Day for Husband & Wife | World Marriage Day Celebration Ideas
The world marriage day is all about celebrating the relation of a husband and wife and the love between them. The love shouldn’t be limited to any specific day. A husband and wife should take every day to express their love and emotions to each other. Talking about the world marriage day, its time to do something different and lovable for your partner. Following are some ideas to celebrate the world marriage day in 2018.
- Go on a romantic date or a candlelight dinner at a peaceful and quiet place. It’s not necessary to go to an expensive restaurant for that. Talk about your marriage. How wonderful the whole journey was. Take a little walk together after the dinner.
- Give presents to each other. Again, it shouldn’t be expensive. How much thought you have put in the gift matters. It should be thoughtful.
- Spend time with each other. Watch Movies together. See your old pictures, wedding albums together.
- Tell your story of how you met each other, to your children. They will be more than excited to hear it.
- Help each other in the work.
- Make his or her favorite dish by yourself.
- Write a romantic letter to each other.
- Plan surprises for each other. You can play a treasure hunt of surprises too.
- The most important of all, sit down and tell your partner how much you love them and how valuable this relationship is for you. That would be the perfect celebration of world marriage day.
World Marriage Day Blessings, Prayer of Faithful, Liturgy and General Intercessions
You can get all the information about the vows, liturgies, the prayer of Faithful and general intercessions on their official website. Here.
2018 World Marriage Day Cards, Wishes, Quotes
This world marriage day express your love to your partner with these quotes, lines, messages, greetings. You can send him/her the wishes on SMS and social media. You can use these quotes or write your own lines on a card and give it to your partner.
Marriage may be the closest thing to Heaven or Hell any of us will know on this earth. – Edwin Louis Cole
Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years. – Simone Signoret
“Marriage: Love is the reason. Lifelong friendship is the gift. Kindness is the cause. Til’ death do us part is the length.”
“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”
“The best time to love with your whole heart is always now, in this moment, because no breath beyond the current is promised.”
I hope all this information helps you to celebrate the world marriage day. So what are you waiting for? Plan a perfect marriage day for your partner and wish them a happy world marriage day.
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