Traditions we create

K and I share our wedding anniversary with fellow blogger UL and her husband. We got married on the exact same day. Our connections go beyond that as eloquently expressed by UL here.

So, since our first anniversary we have always made it a point to visit the temple and eat outside and spent time together. What started out on an impulse has now become a tradition we hope to continue for a long time.

Each year, the temples differ and the restaurants differ, beyond that it is pretty much the same. The nostalgia, the picture in front of the temple and the conversations. Looking at the pictures we have from the past seven years, it is easy to see the gradual change. There is UL’s daughter in the pictures now. We seem to have aged in a dignified manner 🙂 Even if I say so myself.

This Sunday as I sat home and pondered over the previous day’s outing, I realized this is how we create our cocoons. Filled with warmth and love. We reach out to people beyond our family and make them part of ours. We create traditions so we are bound to people, emotions and occasions that mark how we feel. To me it explained why I was fixated on cakes for birthdays or new clothes for festivals. They represent all that is special about that day. A symbolic way of expressing what I feel.

Here’s to traditions new and old! May their tribe increase.

11 comments

  1. I have the exact same explanation for why I take the trouble to celebrate all the festivals, make all the foods that is traditionally made on those days. These are what make those days special, and worth remembering for years to come.

  2. How cool is that! I love coincidences of this kind. Best wishes to the two of you and your families.

    I too love creating my own traditions, like going to Boston Common for the tulips, we do it every year, no matter what. All other plans will be worked around it!

  3. Laksh-

    that is a nice way to remember anniversaries, by creating some tradition, all the more special when you share it with another couple friend.

  4. I thought you might blog on this, thank you. Only you could’ve expressed it so well, yes,we really enjoy meeting up with you and K every year and surprising ourselves so much at the end of the day…this year turned even more fun with the girls movie night out, I am so glad we have managed to keep this tradition going, I hope we will continue to do so… we ought to make a scrap book with the aging photographs 🙂 Thank you for coming out and making it such a special special day…

  5. That’s some coincidence:) both of you! – the same day as my parents’ anniversary!

    Heartiest Congratulations once again!

  6. @Anamika: Thank you!
    @Rekha: Absolutely with you on that.
    @Suman: 🙂 Guess K and I will have to start a tradition like that. Either the Cherry Blossoms or something inherent to Philly.
    @Mitr: I know. I love it that we could wish each other and say same to you 🙂
    @UL: The scrap book idea is on my mind. Will get working on it.
    @JS: Wow! Belated anniversary wishes to your parents then 🙂

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