The Unions with the Ancient Celtic Rite
Celtic rite marriages in the first weekend will be celebrated by Denise (Uttern),
while those of the second and those in the Friulian language will be celebrated by Kathleen MacAjvar.
Anyone wishing to join in this ancient ritual can also request it during the festival at the Info-point.
For confirmation of registration, a donation of € 10.00 is required for the celebrant.
Reservations recommended by 18 June at the headquarters of the association
at the New Age Center in via Nordio 4 / C in Trieste on time shop (9.30-13.00 and 16.00-20.00),
or from June 21st directly at the Info-Point in the festival area.
For more information, write to:
Saturday 22 * Sunday 23 *
from 10.30 to 12.30 and from 16.00 to 19.30
Friday 28 *
from 16.00 to 19.30
Saturday 29 * and Sunday 30 *
from 10.30 to 12.30 and from 16.00 to 19.30
How to prepare for "marriage" with an ancient Celtic rite
Joining with Celtic rite is undoubtedly a not very common choice in Italy. This is a very ancient rite and its history dates back to the era of the Druids. It is also called the "rite of sacred union" and was considered a contract that linked two families or two domains, or friendships, and did not always coincide with feelings. Before celebrating the ritual, the spouses had a period of "cohabitation" of nine months, from 1 August to the following 1 May, after which they decided whether to formalize the union or to dissolve the couple.
If you wish to celebrate your union with the Triskell, follow these instructions.
The couple on the way to the sacred union, seven days before going to a forest or a meadow, can be in the mountains, in the countryside or by the sea: here they weave together a rope or ribbon of white to red color, a little less than a meter long, (Goddess and God, Feminine and Masculine) representing their union and only with nature to witness them. Mutual promises are made that they will commit to maintaining during the year, which the celebrant will have them confirm during the ceremony. On this occasion, the two spouses will also have to make offerings to nature, to thank them for having been their witness at this very important moment for their union. All it takes is an apple broken in half or some bread and a bit of water, to give to nature and the animals that populate it.
On the day of the ritual, the couple is asked to bring a little bit of earth from their native "Terra" (just a small handful), closed separately in two squares of cloth tied not too tightly with a piece of ribbon or string. The two lands of origin will be united during the ritual to symbolize the union of the spouses.
The couple will also have to choose a simple stone, which will be the receptacle of their historical memory. Once washed and purified, the energies and the memory of their own family will be impressed by them through the touch, thus handing down the tradition and the stone itself to future generations.
Then the purification of the couple with the four elements and the confirmation of the promises made a week before will follow. Finally there will be the union of the hands with the previously woven white and red ribbon, which will be followed by the exchange of rings or another pawn, and then the consecration with the mead (or other drink, not necessarily alcoholic, brought by them ). Whoever wanted it, can bring one or more witnesses with him, who will enter the circle with them. The dress chosen is totally free, and for those who are inspired by it, the Celtic / fantasy style dress, tunic, flower crown, kilt or other is clearly appreciated. It is a day of celebration, so you can dress as you like, in costume or not.
Reconfirmation of the union.
The promise of marriage with a Celtic rite, ideally, the reconfirmation or the natural dissolution at a distance of one year and one day. The couple that wishes to confirm their union, will have to bring with them: the stone that was consecrated as the altar of the union the year before, the red and white ribbon of the handfasting, the witnesses and a symbolic offer for Mother Earth ( a handful of seeds, cereals or legumes ... something that can sprout in the earth and create new life). They will be asked, if there were witnesses, their participation at the beginning of the ritual. In this case you also have a small knife and a few meters of thin string or wool or cotton thread, of any color. The rituals will follow as for the union of the year before.
Unions, with an ancient Celtic rite will be celebrated by Denise (Uttern), Saturday 22 and Sunday 23, while on Friday 28, Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 June, they will be celebrated by Kathleen MacAjvar as those in Friulian, in honor of the ancient population of the Celts Karni settled in the region, while those in the Friulian language. Anyone wishing to participate can do so by booking their ritual at the association or at the Info-point.
Celtic weddings will be celebrated only for couples.
If someone wants to dissolve a union celebrated with a Celtic rite before a year has passed, they can request the "dissolution of marriage" ritual, again by appointment.