World Marriage Day
World Marriage Day is a holiday that’s observed on the second Sunday of February each year and it’s a day that comes near the end of World Marriage Day. This day was created as a part of the Catholic Marriage Encounter Campaign and its original purpose was to honor the husband and the wife as the basic foundation of the family — and the family as the basic foundation of society.
Although this holiday’s definition of marriage is exclusive and doesn’t historically include same-sex partners, there is no reason why everyone can’t take the opportunity to celebrate their marriage and family. After all, marriage is a universal institution that only requires two people to love and commit to one another to be successful.
The History Of World Marriage Day
Worldwide Marriage Encounters can be traced back to 1952. This is when Father Gabriel Calvo developed a series of conferences for married couples. Each of these conferences included a presentation that was designed to have the couples look deeper into their own relationship through honest and intimate conversations.
In 1981, this group would end up creating World Marriage Day. According to the creators of this holiday: “World Marriage Day honors the husband and the wife as the basic foundation of the family and the family as the basic foundation of society. It also salutes the sacrifice, love, joy, and faithfulness that are key to all marriages. This holiday has been observed ever since all around the world.
Interesting Facts About Marriage & Marriage Traditions
To highlight the beauty and universality of marriage, we wanted to list some facts about it that we think will appeal to all of our readers. We found out the following facts while we were doing research and would like to share them with everyone interested in this holiday.
- It’s been estimated that the average married couple has sex approximately 70 times a year.
- Unfortunately, the average married couple spends just 4 minutes a day with one another.
- Approximately 75% of people who marry their partners from an affair end up in divorce.
- Married people tend to be more productive at work than single people.
- Trust is one of the most important elements of a happy marriage.
Observing World Marriage Day
This holiday is observed by Catholic couples with a Sunday mass and by recommitting themselves to their marriage. This is also a good day for couples to renew their vows to one another, take a trip together, or attend one of the many World Marriage Day events that are held around the world. Word of this holiday can be spread by using the hashtag #WorldMarriageDay online.