Handfasting

Handfasting

 

Handfasting is a Celtic wedding ceremony from the middle ages. Many small villages did not a have local minister or priest to perform a marriage ceremony, so couples would perform a handfasting which temporarily bound them until someone of the clergy could perform a ceremony. A couple would live together for a year and a day, at which time they could decide whether to part or make a lifelong commitment. It was considered more important for the bride to be fertile than to be a virgin. Now, handfasting is a way to honor the couple’s Celtic heritage. Their hands are bound together in a cord or a tartan clothe during the vows to show that from that point forward they are no longer two, but are now one. 

 
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