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Norse Weddings

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Norse Weddings

Norse wedding ceremonies have always intrigued me. Pagan weddings really. It is also the world’s fastest growing religious bodies. My favourite spiritual tradition from Norse/Celtic is Druidry. This is a recreation of ancient Celtic practice with a strong focus on poetry and storytelling. An example druid wisdom teaching would be this Celtic traid, “Three things loveable in a person: tranquillity, wisdom and kindness.” Now onto the ceremony! Hand fasting. This is wedding or betrothal ceremony. In pre-Christian Europe weddings were rather straight forward, especially in Celtic Lands. Before the ceremony the two families would come together and workout owner ship...

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Traditions in Weddings

Posted by Olivia Hague-Delves on

Traditions in Weddings

Over the weekend Claire attended a wedding in Somerset and she said it was beautiful and came back full of curiosity on how weddings came about, the traditions and weddings in different cultures and in history. So, we are going to be having a series of blog posts each week for the things I have just listed. There are many traditions within wedding ceremonies that you may recognise and that you may never even know existed. As I was researching Claire and I were very interested in what was actually done. Let’s start with something old, something new, something borrowed...

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The History of Easter

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The History of Easter

In the UK Easter is one of the major Christian festivals of the year. It is full of customs, folklore and traditional food. However, Easter in Britain has its beginnings long before the arrival of Christianity. Many theologians believe Easter itself is named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn and spring - Eostre. In Britain Easter occurs at a different time each year. It is observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the festival can occur on any Sunday between March 22 and...

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