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Anniversaries are a celebration held every year after a significant event. However, in this case, it's a bit... different. Maybe instead of a year after, it's just a week.note  Maybe instead of a significant event, it's something comparatively minor that no one would think to celebrate. In fiction, it's most commonly manifested by something like celebrating a week of a relationship, or something similar.

There are several reasons for this. First of all, if it involves a romantic relationship, it shows at least the partner who initiates the celebration is very in love with their lover. Of course, if it's mutual, this can be used to show the couple is Sickeningly Sweethearts. On the other hand, past incidents that are significant to the character(s) may not appear to be significant to the viewer, and this trope helps establish its importance.

Can overlap with Milestone Celebration if it's celebrating some aspect of the show itself, like the number of episodes.


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    Comic Books 
  • Lucky Luke: In "Tortillas for the Daltons", Luke tells Don Prieto to host a party to lure the Daltons out of hiding. The next day, posters are put up to advertise a celebration for the Don's 14 years and 5 months of marriage.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Ghostbusters, who had to mortage the childhood home of their resident Nice Guy Ray to even afford the decrepit fire-station that housed their flegeling business, sadly toasted "to our first and only customer" in a month and imminent bankruptcy with takeout noodles and beer... and then the usually grumpy secretary downstairs happily shouted "WE GOT ONE!!" as the phone rang downstairs calling from a posh hotel plagued by a green ectoplasmic eating machine... and three heroes began their journey proper that night.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series:
    • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck: Rowley gets Abigail a cupcake to celebrate their nine-and-a-half-day anniversary.
    • Every time one of the Snellas' kids turns six months old, they throw a "half-birthday party", during which they record attempts to make the baby laugh in hopes of appearing on TV.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Bewitched:
    • One episode has Darrin and Samantha really excited, as, in two more days, they will be celebrating an entire month that Samantha has gone without using witchcraft, only for Sam to use it to stop Darrin from hacking on a particularly strong drink.
      Darrin: Sam! You broke your record!
      Samantha: Oh well... there's always next month...
    • In "'A' is for Aardvark," Darrin prepares to celebrate his and Samantha's sixth anniversary; Samantha points out they haven't been married six years, but Darrin specifies that it's their six-month anniversary.
  • One episode of Boy Meets World Topanga and Cory end up having a brief fight over having too many anniversary dates and people assuming they were an older married couple rather than high schoolers. It turns out the reason Cory brought them to the fancy adult restaurant they were at was that it was their anniversary of...eating at that particular fancy adult restaurant.
  • In Brooklyn Nine-Nine Boyle has a tendency to "go full Boyle" and scare off prospective lovers by getting too involved too quickly. For his 20-day anniversary with Vivian, he wanted to have a fancy dinner and 300 roses. Turns out she was just as crazy for him, and they wound up getting engaged.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Robin dates a very clingy coworker. After one night where she didn't call him, he confronts her... but the fight ends when he says he doesn't want to fight, it's their first week-iversary! Robin quickly realizes she needs to dump him.
  • The Late Show with David Letterman: Early in the show's run Dave announces with great fanfare that it's the 1,000th show, along with a large graphic. Dave then says "oh, wait, that's a typo. It's actually our 100th show." A much smaller "100" graphic is shown, along with a much more subdued fanfare from the band
  • M*A*S*H. Invoked in one episode, where Charles is, once again, in Potter's office to complain about his being at the 4077th, and once again, putting in for a transfer somewhere else.
    Charles: I hold you personally responsible for ruining my medical career. It has been six months, to the day, that I have been, "Shanghaied," into this quagmire.
  • Monk: Played for Drama in the episode "Mr. Monk Makes a Friend". The Villain of the Week hides a stolen artifact in a bottle of wine that he says he only wants to open for a special occasion, but his girlfriend decides to open it to celebrate their first week together. The villain then kills her so she can't tell anyone what she discovered.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Discussed in "The Time Travelers". At the episode's end, Kinga Forrester announces that this has been the show's 200th episode, and she pulls out a giant cake. Then Max ruins the moment by bringing up logic:
    Max: If you count the old series, which we had nothing to do with. Technically, this was our third episode.
    Kinga: Come on, Disney celebrates fake anniversaries all the time! Donald Duck turns 90! Mickey and Minnie's 25th anniversary! The 40th anniversary of pulling Song of the South off the shelves! I don't know! We've got to grab some of these celebration legacy dollars!
  • A platonic version in New Girl. Schmidt celebrates the anniversary of he and his best friend Nick living together. This started with their one-year (or Paper Anniversary) with Schmidt bursting out of a paper box in Nick's room. Nick thinks it's weird but goes with it because Schmidt is his friend.
  • In Parks and Recreation, Leslie has many "X Days" with many people, celebrating various milestones. An issue comes up when she has "Waffle Day" with her husband and "Breakfast Day" with her best friend at about the same time and they fight over a waffle iron to get her. Eventually, they convince Leslie to just have a single week per person, as keeping track of several anniversaries per month (and getting presents for each one) was difficult for everyone but Leslie.
  • Seinfeld. Jerry actually remembers the exact date of the last time he threw up: June 29, 1980. After stopping at a bakery to pick up a bobka for a dinner party, Jerry eats a large black-and-white cookie that doesn't agree with him, thus breaking his fourteen-year streak of not throwing up.
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Sound of Her Voice", Quark needs to distract Odo, so he asks about Odo's plans for his one-month anniversary dating Kira. Odo is incredulous at this notion but is convinced to go through with it.
  • One of the Numberwang sketches from That Mitchell and Webb Look started like this:
    Host: Hello and welcome to Numberwang. And today is a very special day because it's our nine thousand, three hundred and forty-first episode! [The contestants are showered with confetti.]

    Web Animation 

  • Vampire Girl. In the final strip, Levana makes note of celebrating her one-month anniversary of being human.

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic: In "War of the Commercials," Michael Bay decides to reshoot his 1993 Got Milk? commercial to celebrate its 24th anniversary, which Critic thinks is a "very random number" of years to celebrate.

    Western Animation 
  • BoJack Horseman: In "The Best Thing That Ever Happened," BoJack goes out to dinner with his agent and ex-girlfriend Princess Carolyn, intending to fire her for losing him roles. Knowing she's about to be fired, Princess Carolyn hastily gets the waiters to bring out a cake and celebrate how she and BoJack have been working together for twenty-three years. BoJack doesn't change his mind about firing her.
  • The Crumpets episode "Mum's Double" opens with Pa and the children celebrating his 1097th Tuesday of his marriage with Ma, who is busy constructing a blender and becomes very annoyed with them. She creates a robot clone of herself in an attempt to shield her from her distracting family.
  • The Fairly OddParents! had a variation in the episode "The Secret Origin Of Denzel Crocker." In the episode, Mr Crocker, already a Sadistic Teacher, is even meaner and nastier on March 15th, and Timmy finds out that it was because of a traumatic event that occurred on that date years before. When Timmy wishes to go back in time to the March 15th in question, he finds out that Crocker was a happy and well-adjusted boy who had Cosmo and Wanda as fairy godparents, and was on his way to the "Denzel Crocker Day" ceremony to celebrate his accomplishments and good deeds, performed with the help of Cosmo and Wanda. In the middle of the ceremony, Timmy accidentally reveals that Crocker had fairy godparents, which causes Jorgen to reassign Cosmo and Wanda, erase his and the towns peoples memories, and they then try to lynch Crocker, believing that he had done something to anger them.
  • Kim Possible: When Kim and Ron have been dating for six months, she buys him a titanium-reinforced belt (which provides an in-universe explanation for doing away with the "Ron's pants fall down" gag). That said, Monique takes the "half-iversary" occasion more seriously than Kim does.
  • The Loud House: Lori and Bobby celebrates random anniversaries such as their six weeks anniversary, 88 days anniversary, or the first time they ate pizza together.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Party of One", Pinkie Pie organizes a birthday party for her pet alligator Gummy. The very next day, she invites all her friends to Gummy's after-birthday party — but they all make up excuses for why they can't attend. The twist is that Pinkie is so caught up in celebrating Gummy's "after-birthday", she's forgotten that it's her own birthday. Her friends declined attending the party for Gummy because they're already organizing a surprise party for Pinkie.
    • In "Baby Cakes", Pinkie Pie celebrates the Cake twins' "month-iversary" (the day they turn one month old).
    • In "It Isn't the Mane Thing About You", Pinkie Pie celebrates the Cake twins' "sneeze-iversary" (anniversary of their first sneeze).
  • Phineas and Ferb: Candace observes many of these regarding Jeremy, such as the first time that he spoke to her, the time that he brushed up against her in the hallway, or the time that he laughed so hard that milk came out of his nose.
  • The Incredibles: Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) regards his son's graduation (3rd to 4th grade) as a minor event and a way of showing how people are "finding new ways to celebrate mediocrity."