Saying “cheers” when drinking is a common gesture of good will and friendship. It has been part of social customs for centuries, with different cultures having their own traditions and rituals around it. In some places, people say cheers before taking the first sip from a drink; in others, they raise glasses together to toast each other after the first sip has been taken.
The origin of saying “cheers” as an informal toast dates back to ancient Greece and Rome. Back then, it was customary for friends or family members to clink their cups together before drinking wine or beer. The sound that came from the contact between two metal objects signified approval and gratitude among individuals who were sharing drinks with one another. This tradition eventually spread throughout Europe during medieval times and became even more popular during the Renaissance period when upper-class citizens would host lavish parties where guests could enjoy food, music and drinks while exchanging pleasantries over raised goblets filled with mead or ale.
In modern day culture, there are many ways in which people can express appreciation through saying “cheers” when drinking alcohol beverages such as beer, wine or spirits like whisky or brandy:
- Acknowledging someone else’s presence – When you see your friend walk into the bar you might say cheers as a way of greeting them warmly; similarly if you have just shared a joke over beers at dinner time this may be your way of expressing appreciation for their company
- Appreciating special occasions – Celebrations like birthdays often involve raising a glass to make an official toast in honor of somebody’s special day (especially if it involves lots of bubbly!)
- Marking milestones – Whether its graduating college or getting married – using “Cheers” is often used as an expression to congratulate someone on achieving something significant in life
- Showing solidarity – If everyone present at a gathering raises their glass together this symbolizes unity within groups whether they are family members meeting up for lunch or colleagues bonding over cocktails after work
No matter what context we find ourselves in though there is no denying that saying ‘Cheers’ still remains one of those universal gestures that unite us all across cultures today!