5th Wedding Anniversary

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There are several theories as to where the custom of giving a wooden gift for a 5th wedding anniversary originated, delightfully full of old folklore and ancient rites. One theory traces it back to Roman times when a piece of Oak was given on the 5th anniversary to symbolise the strength, stability and longevity required for a successful marriage. There is an old Welsh tradition of giving a wooden spoon, associated with romance and ‘spooning,’ and in English speaking countries a piece of wood was cut on the day of the 5th anniversary and presented to the wife as a finished article ‘before the next two quarter days had passed’ – quarter days being the equinoxes and solstices.