Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic tradition can give long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique ceremony celebrating the production of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were built.
This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a terrific way to include loved ones in your ceremony.
Handfasting - An event going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intent by reciting a few words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better place to place the promises of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are stated, then in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.
The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 know as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted into the groom's family through this event. Typically the oldest woman member of the groom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is currently linked into all the behaviors of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of hearth and house. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they also now have a new connection as well as a brand-new brother in arms.
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