Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sand Ceremony a Popular Wedding Tradition

This couple got more than they bargained for when they tied the knot in the US. Their sand ceremony well and truly turned into an event never to be forgotten. Watch the video for the ultimate of Sand Ceremonies.

Symbolism of the Sand Ceremony

In a sand ceremony the Groom and Bride both let sand flow in a common container. The sand can be normal fine beach sand or more common today is coloured sand. The sand represents the life stream of one person
that from now on forms a unified stream by mixing the flowing sand with the partner's life stream. Often this ceremony is used as replacement for the lighting of the unified candle a tradition often seen in Christian church ceremonies.

History of the Sand Ceremony

Sand ceremonies are around for hundreds if not thousands of years. There is no clear evidence which culture started this wedding ritual, but in Hawaiian Weddings performed on the beach this practice has a long history. Bride and Groom use seashells to scoop sand into a common container. Native Americans used coloured sand for a similar wedding tradition.
In the western world the sand ceremony has become very popular in the late 20th century and has its firm place in wedding rituals today.

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