Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Events recognizing Celtic origins and practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic practice can offer long-term memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a special event commemorating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were developed.
This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful means to include friends and family in your event.
Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intent by stating a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Just what better area 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 vows are recited, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony conveys the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially accepted into the groom's family with this ceremony. Generally the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace and also house. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they also now have a new relationship as well as a brand-new brother in arms.
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