Though it may seem like the world has come to a halt, the fact of the matter is, days continue to pass by even if they're spent unlived (outside, that is.) While most of the world adjusts to its temporary new normal in quarantine amid the continuing threat of COVID-19, so have people taken to increasingly creative, at times funny and heartwarming ways, to continue living out the particularly special occasions in their lives that have been, unfortunately, hit by the global pandemic.
From birthdays, to weddings, and wedding anniversaries, here are a few creative ways people are celebrating their special days during these unusual times.
1 .Who needs to get married in person when you have video games? After having to cancel their nuptials, this reddit user posted a photo of their Animal Crossing wedding instead. “My fiancé and I had to cancel our upcoming wedding due to COVID-19, so our best friends gave us a surprise animal crossing wedding instead,” the user wrote.
2. Having returned from China last January, to ease their family and friends’ worries, this Singapore-based couple decided not to attend their own wedding party set less than a week later. Instead, they video called their 110 guests gathered in the banquet hall from a separate hotel room.
3. In celebration of his 35th, Swedish tennis star and three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka posted a rather glum video of him sitting alone at the dining table. Until, of course, company came a long in the form of…himself, edited into the video a total of six times and wearing six different outfits. “Nothing will stop me from celebrating a birthday,” he wrote on Twitter. There’s no better company than yourself, I guess.
4. If you’re not as tech savvy as Stan, you can always copy this guy below and make it a party with your 20 stuffed toys.
5. Props to this guy for using a minifan instead of blowing out the candle himself. Gotta keep those germs away from his make-shift Baskin Robbin’s ice cream cake.
6. Alternatively, to make up for the lack of an actual cake, this girl made a tower of tissue rolls, stuck a bunch of candles on them and called it a day.
7. Proof that nothing beats true love even in the time of a pandemic, a 93-year old man visited his childhood sweetheart and celebrated her birthday with her by waving a bouquet of flowers behind the glass window separating them. Excuse me while I cry in the corner.
8. Meanwhile, to compensate for their cancelled island cruise this couple threw on bathrobes, and sat in front of a virtual ocean on TV, while toasting to their 53rd wedding anniversary, totally unbothered. You can't even tell the difference! Definitely one for the books.
9. In Connecticut, U.S., due to social distancing rules Bob couldn’t go inside the nursing home to celebrate his wedding anniversary with his wife, Nancy. Determined to still be with her on their special day, he stood outside her window with balloons and a sign that read "I've loved you 67 years and I still do. Happy Anniversary." I swear I’m not crying again.
10. Don’t have a one true love doing extraordinary feats for you? How about celebrating with thousands of strangers on the internet instead? Take it from Owen, an adorable grandpa whose 101st birthday party got cancelled in lieu of social distancing. He took to social media to ask for 101,000 likes, essentially throwing one huge Twitter party. Suffice to say, more than 159,000 people have already greeted him a happy birthday. He’s never been more popular in his long long life!
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