Celtic Weddings: 7 Charming Traditions that you cannot do

Ireland – the land of the shamrock and a place where there are no snakes – the land is rich in mythology and folklore and tradition going back centuries. It is no wonder that contemporary life also reflects tradition, especially so in Celtic weddings.

We examine a few of the enduring and quaint traditions in a Celtic wedding without which the wedding loses its charm and originality and would be considered incomplete.

Celtic Weddings

1. Tying the knot

This is an old Celtic tradition where, at an appropriate time, the bride and groom clasp their hands and a brightly colored ribbon (or rope) is wrapped or tied around them. This signifies that the couple is bound together in matrimony.

2. Blue dress

Much before white symbolized virginity, the Celts had their blue. A blue dress worn by the bride is due rigueur in a Celtic wedding.

3. Horseshoe

A horseshoe signifies luck, wherever, A bride at a Celtic wedding carries a replica of a horseshoe in porcelain, or silver, to bring good luck to the occasion and thus to the marriage.

4. Old shoes

Old shoes are symbols of fertility and are worn by the bride at the wedding. In case this is not practical, several pairs of old shoes are tied to the back of the couple car in place of tin cans.

5. The Claddagh ring

The traditional Claddagh ring is a sort of engagement ring which becomes the wedding ring. During betrothal the crown is worn nearest to knuckle while it is worn towards the nail once married. The ring signifies love, loyalty and friendship.

6. Wedding bells

It is traditional to give out tiny wedding bells to guests. These are rung during the toast instead of clinking glasses.

7. Bunratty Meade

This is made of honey and was drunk in ancient Celtic courts. The bride and groom were supposed o drink this meade, signifying virility and fertility, for one full moon – thus “honeymoon”.

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