During our big Venice trip, not only did we have Maya's 2nd birthday to celebrate, but also our 3rd wedding anniversary shortly after.
I love that both of these big celebratory events are within a week of each other. I remember when we found out we were expecting Maya, the original due date they gave us was on our wedding anniversary of June 11th. It was such a happy coincidence - life is funny like that sometimes. It was like the universe was telling us that our daughter was a celebration of our love - which she is...
(Our temple wedding: June 11th, 2011)
Our 3rd wedding anniversary celebrates the first of our three weddings - the simple religious Hindu ceremony that we had in the local temple. It is my favorite of all the wedding celebrations because it was so calm and quiet. I remember I was so relieved to finally be married and having it in the temple was such a spiritual experience. I loved the symbolism of it, and I loved walking around the fire with him.
For our anniversary, we were in Venice, and although we didn't get any alone time, we had a lovely day together. It was also my inlaws' last day in Venice, so we wanted to do a little bit of last minute sightseeing with them.
We didn't get each other any gifts, but husband-ji was thoughtful enough to surprise me with a little rose. That too, in front of his parents - it made me blush!
That day, we went to visit San Giorgio Maggiore church, where I said a little prayer for many more years of a happy marriage under the Virgin Mary. We were there during the Biennale, so outside of the church was this amazing sculpture of large blocks made of 24k gold!
Then, we toured the Doge's Palace - which was so fantastic. Seeing the carved ceilings of gold and the paintings was like an artists' paradise.
It was definitely a "golden" anniversary!
It is so fun to look back on our anniversaries and how we celebrated it every year. Our first anniversary, we spent at home, having just returned back from the hospital with newborn Maya. Husband-ji surprised me that day with a beautiful antique chest from India. Our second anniversary, we did a really fun vegetarian couples' cooking class.
I can't wait to see what the next few years bring!
Dear readers, what are your most memorable anniversaries? How do you like to celebrate them?