A beautiful tradition to celebrate a dayanniversary of the wedding appeared relatively not so long ago - about 200 years ago, and in Russia it took root only in the 19th century. There is no unambiguous explanation of why it is the "cotton" that is called the first anniversary of the wedding, but since the tradition itself was not born in Russia, it makes sense to search for the meaning of the word "chintz" in this sense.
The symbol of the first anniversary of the wedding
Cloth fabric was invented in India and started itproduce in the XI century. The ancient Sanskrit word "sitras" translates as "motley". The Dutch translation of the word "sits" means a cotton thin fabric with a plain weave. Cloth fabric is distinguished from many other materials by the richness of the color palette and the variety of patterns. Proceeding from this, the cotton wedding was nicknamed so for the diverse and vivid impressions of the first year of married life, as well as for the fragility, subtlety and tenderness of the relationships and feelings of the happy newlyweds. By the way, the day of the first anniversary of the wedding is the last day when the couple are called newly married. But not in all countries chintz is a symbol of the first holiday of marriage. Only Holland together with Russia give gifts to her husband and wife and congratulate her on the cotton date. In France, they celebrate a cotton wedding, in Germany - a paper wedding, and in the United States they even consider the clock as a symbol of this event.
Traditions of the first anniversary
At the cotton wedding, the young people opened one of thetwo bottles of champagne, hidden from the day of their wedding, and, as it were, returning those emotions and feelings that they had experienced a year ago. The very first year of married life is the first test of the seriousness of the relationship, a test of feelings for each other, a willingness to understand and make concessions, caring for each other and a true desire to remain close in sorrow and joy. This is also the ability to cope with everyday life, as well as equally share the responsibilities of the housework. The very first tradition of celebrating certain dates of the wedding was born in medieval Germany. They are the first who decided to celebrate the wedding again after a while. If only the closest relatives were convened for the wedding, then in half a month the friends were brought to the newly-made husband and wife, and now the table was laid for them. A year later the holiday was celebrated in the circle of good acquaintances, and in a few years they gathered at the same table distant relatives and new friends. Following such a cordial tradition, you should call close relatives and dearest friends on a cotton wedding. The culprits of the celebration should not leave food on their plates, but they leave their happiness on them. You can celebrate both in a noisy restaurant and at home. Everything depends on the desire and financial resources of the young. If you wish, it is good to note a wedding in the script of the second day of the wedding. On this day, the most ridiculous and diverse contests are usually held. If the holiday will take place at home, then for the decor of the room you need to take cotton cloth. On the table, you can spread a tablecloth of calico, from it sewn napkins, even dishes served in the form of assorted, reminiscent of the riot of colors of this fabric.
Gifts for a cotton wedding
Following the belief, on this day the spouses needsure to exchange cotton scarves. On the handkerchiefs donated to each other, it is necessary to tie diagonally tight knots. This symbolizes a long and happy family life. Then the wife as the true keeper of the home should hide these handkerchiefs in a secluded place and store them there until old age. If everything is done correctly, then such a couple will live a very long time in the soul. If there is a spiritful spirit, then you can offer such a rite to your husband. If the Russian custom is not interesting to you, then you can go on the American way and give your husband a calotte wedding watch. Such a gift is very appropriate on this day, because the watch is a symbol of time and as a whole a very useful and worthy gift. To gifts on this day were related semantic value, then choose something pleasant, necessary and beautiful. A husband can be presented with a cotton print shirt or a heart shaped pillow. A good gift will be any products made from colored semiprecious stones. It's a wonderful idea to present a "tree of happiness" made of them with your own hands. If the wife is engaged in needlework, then such gifts as ever will be appropriate on this day. Indeed, it is precisely this kind of presentation that expresses true feelings and care for her husband. You can embroider on a print scarf a beautiful figure or initials of your beloved husband, tie a warm and cozy sweater, weave for home use macrame. It is quite appropriate to make wicker pots and even special shelves for souvenirs. Those who draw well on cloth, it is quite possible to create a work of art on an ordinary white T-shirt. Invited guests should give useful at home gifts: tablecloths, pillows, napkins, curtains, bed linens and a variety of towels. If the house is expected to replenish or already have a baby, then it's very good to give the dowry for it: clothes, sheets, bedspreads, diapers. Gifts can be absolutely any, but there is one strict taboo - if the child is not in the young family and his wife does not wait yet, then no toys, especially soft ones, should be given.
A few creative ideas and gifts
The first year of married life is excellentthe opportunity to create their own family traditions, especially since the nature and habits of her husband became known for a year. If he is a homebody, and likes nightclubs and noisy parties, he likes quiet friends of his friends, then he must choose the appropriate one. You can arrange a holiday at home or book a table in a cozy restaurant. You can mark only two people or invite the closest and most pleasant people. It would be nice to find "your" music, which is dear and close only to the two of you, or the one that you danced your wedding waltz for. On the table it is worthwhile to put your husband's favorite food, and to buy flowers for decorating the room, those that he gave on dates. You can see wedding photos together or just a favorite movie. The main thing is to create the warmest and cozy atmosphere. Romance husband can arrange a date on the roof, where your guests will be only a month and a star. But let this be a surprise, which he will not know until the last minute. During the day, you can send some playful poems to the phone, and in the pockets of his clothes to put a cute declaration of love. But in the evening solemnly hand it to him personally or send an e-mail invitation for a date. It's enough to take a bottle of good wine and fruit with you. If funds permit, a wedding ceremony can be marked by another wedding trip, choosing the same places where they had a rest a year ago, or, conversely, completely new ones, thereby creating their own tradition of rest in unknown places. It is possible to fill this day with romance and make an "air" gift, having made a walk over the city in a balloon so that there, high in the sky, tell your husband once again how much you love him. If the husband, on the contrary, is a lover of active rest and new impressions, then the gift should be just as bright and unexpected. For example, you can book a tour in advance to a gentle sea, but not for passive lying on the beach, but for scuba diving, horse riding, jeep riding. You can offer to do mountaineering or go down into the caves, or to conquer a fast river on kayaks. Those who are not ready for such big spending or do not have the opportunity to dispose of their time, you can consider the symbolic gifts with a note of humor and enthusiasm. Just for the calico wedding two original bright kitchen aprons will fit. You can choose the apron of Superman and Cinderella. In this outfit, any cooking will turn into an exciting game and will certainly cheer up. In online stores, you can find different design tricks, and you can order a portrait of her husband, made a watercolor on canvas or embroidered with threads. You can also buy a small pillow, which is convenient to take with you on a trip by car. The very organization of the holiday is a gift, be it a modest romantic dinner or a luxurious feast with the company. Especially if the wife herself cooks all the food or at least bakes his favorite cake. The husband will necessarily feel warmth, love and care of himself. And this is priceless.