Every civilization existing in our world bears the prints of its ancestors; we can find these prints in a variety of forms displayed all over the places either in museums, in the vestiges that archeologists bring to the broad day light, or in the tradition that is probably the only way to gather prints of the past in both a material and spiritual shapes, besides art and culture that is. But whereas these last two do not have a direct material impact into the daily life of people, tradition has the power to present the history in many representations, such as symbols that are widely used in expressing a tradition.
These symbols can be seen all over the social manifestations of tradition, for instance weddings. One may think that wedding is purely a personal expression of a family event, that doesn’t have to relate to customs or traditions, but the moment you plan a wedding whether you realize or not, you are somehow connected to the elements that constitute the tradition of the place where you belong to. A perfect example in this matter is the Irish wedding which has a way of unfolding itself in a form that brings it close to the Celtic people, population that inhabited their territory and set the bases of the civilization that exists today on Irish land.
Having a traditional Irish wedding involves a celebration that bears the print of Celtic civilization. These ancient people brought in its existence symbols that haven’t yet been given the real interpretation since there wasn’t anything to document the meaning, but based on their rituals and supposedly religious beliefs, researchers have tried to come as accurate as they could to a meaning that needed to confer viability to the symbols found in historical discoveries.
Thus symbols being found meanings, people started to use them in their expression toward the meaning of a wedding, and started to create wedding elements carrying these symbols. A perfect example, besides the wedding rings, is the Celtic wedding cake. Irish bakers have realized about the importance of including these symbols while designing their cakes and started to introduce them in their art of decoration. In this regard we meet some symbols to be used as toppers, or included in the cakes’ tiers decoration or accessories to be added on the wedding cakes.
The most used Celtic symbols are: triquetra, representing three stylized cornered leaves connected in the middle at one end, signifying a trinity of suggested religious symbols (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) and states of mind (power, intellect, love) as well. The spiral symbol is another motif to be used in the art of decorating Celtic wedding cakes to mean progress, awareness, balance. The Claddagh Celtic symbol features two hands clasping a heart that has on top a crown, all these signifying love, friendship and loyalty also translated as love and friendship will reign forever. This symbol which is of a perfect relevancy is often used as a topper for the wedding cakes in the Irish traditional wedding and not only.
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