Eventista: Irish blessingsWritten by Brittany Craig | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As we Irish say, ‘Marriages are all happy. Its having breakfast together that causes all the trouble!’
The Irish have a wealth of traditional practices and proverbs for love and marriage. In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, I am happy to share a few that will surely bring ‘laughing eyes and fire in the belly’.
In County Donegal, there’s a proverb. When a man wanted to marry a girl, he he’d throw his cap into her house. If the cap was thrown back out, it meant she wasn’t interested. If only it were that simple!
Often wonder where wedding bells came from? It’s a Celtic tradition to receive a bell as a wedding gift. When a disagreement takes place between a husband and wife, the man rings the bell to declare truce. Never outwit an Irish lass!
‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence for your shoe.’ Something old is to signify family; something new is to bring good luck. Something burrowed is the symbol of friendship and in Ireland, blue is the color of luck. The sixpence coin is to bring you financial good fortune in your marriage. In fact, coins are used quite often in an Irish Marriage ceremony. After the exchange of rings, the groom gives his bride a silver coin as a token of all he possesses. It symbolizes his willingness to share all he has with his bride. Today, we call that the MasterCard!
What do rain, an old shoe and a torn dress have to do with the bride? Well they are all symbols of good fortune! Wedding day rain will shower the bride and groom with many blessings. As they leave Church, an old shoe thrown over the bride’s head brings good luck. And its always lucky if the bride’s wedding dress is accidentally torn. All these can make for a disgruntled bride. There’s nothing like unleashing the inner bridezilla to bring a little Irish luck on wedding day!
“May the dreams you hold dearest, be those which come true.” Traditionally a fruitcake, slices of the groom’s cake were wrapped in tissue displaying the names of single men. They were then boxed for the single ladies to take home and “dream upon’ under the pillow. Today the tradition is popular in the south, often in a rich chocolate flavor, laced with Irish liquor.
And an Irish wedding wouldn’t be complete with out a good toast. So here’s one to all our Star brides and grooms:
Here’s to lying, cheating, stealing, and drinking.
If you lie, may you lie together.
If you cheat, may you cheat the devil.
If you steal, may you steal each other’s hearts.
And if you drink, may we all drink to your happiness.
You can catch more Irish Wedding Traditions at Brittany’s Blog: http://www.crowningcelebrations.blogspot.com/