World Marriage Day

Did you know that today is World Marriage Day? I felt so dramatically unprepared for the arrival of this day when I read it in my news alerts a little while ago. Now I admit, I’ve been feeling pretty rotten today. Because I haven’t felt good at all, I’ve not done much in the way of work or even scanning my news stories.

So what is World Marriage Day? That’s a really good question!

World Marriage Day

In 1981, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, couples encourages the Mayor, the Governor and even the local Bishop to proclaim February 14 as a day to celebrate “We Believe in Marriage Day.” Apparently, the event was so successful that the Worldwide Marriage Encounter decided to adopt the tradition. In 1982, over 40 governors proclaimed the event officially in their states and the ideas spread from there to U.S. Military bases and to bases overseas and finally to foreign countries as well.

In 1983, the event became know officially as World Marriage Day and it is celebrated on the second Sunday of February. Pope John Paul II offered Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day in 1993. The goal, from 1981 to this day remains to celebrate and honor the husband and wife as the paired head of the family – our most basic unit within society.

Saluting the Beauty of Marriage

As most married couples will tell you – marriage is work and it requires vigilance, patience, and faith and above all else, love and trust. World Marriage Day honors all of these and more. It is a tribute to the sacrifice and the joy that we all experience in the day-to-day life of our marriages.

I wish I’d known about this a little further ahead of time, you can be sure that next year I’ll be a bit more on top of it. So if you haven’t taken a moment today to do so – bid your spouse and other married couples that you know a Happy World Marriage Day and remember to honor one another and support one another and salute one another. Express your pride in your spouse and your affection – and to all of you out there, I wish you a Happy World Marriage Day as well.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.