Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins as well as practices have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic practice can give lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique event celebrating the creation of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were constructed.
This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your ceremony.
Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, state 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 refer to marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better location to place the promises of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are stated, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.
The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony conveys the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially approved into the groom's family with this event. Usually the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth and also home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's family that they also currently have a new connection as well as a new brother in arms.
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