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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and also customs have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic practice can offer enduring memories. Facets of these wedding events could consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a one-of-a-kind ceremony commemorating the production of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a terrific means to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to place the pledges of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are stated, then in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally accepted into the groom's family via this event. Generally the oldest female participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is currently linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the defense of hearth and house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's family members that they too now have a new connection as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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