Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Events recognizing Celtic origins and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic practice can offer enduring memories. Aspects of these weddings could consist of part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a distinct event celebrating the production of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were built.
This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a terrific way to include loved ones in your event.
Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to place the promises of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are stated, after that in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.
The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This lovely event conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family with this event. Usually the oldest woman member of the groom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of fireplace and residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the bride's family members that they too now have a new relationship and also a brand-new sibling in arms.
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