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Events honoring Celtic roots and traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon aspects of Celtic custom can provide long-term memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a one-of-a-kind ceremony commemorating the creation of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a terrific means to include friends and family in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before 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, state their love and intention by reciting a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to place the pledges of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are recited, then in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This beautiful event communicates the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially settled for into the groom's family via this event. Typically the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is currently linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of fireplace and residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's family members that they as well currently have a brand-new relationship and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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