Yehudit Laine. Wedding. May 10th , 2017.
Jaan: During this interesting ritual, the groom arrives at the house of the bride to seek the blessings of his mother-in-law. As a custom, the groom is supposed to bow his head and clutch his nose. This gesture not only symbolizes his humility but also understanding of the tremendous sacrifice that his future wife is about to make. The groom's would-be mother-in-law blesses him and does a small act to ward off the evil eye. She also plays and tries to catch his nose by which she reminds him that he is the taker since he will be taking her daughter away and they are the givers.
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The origins of the role of godparents in weddings are directly related to the practice of baptism and confirmation. By the second century AD baptisms were accepted as spiritual and social purification of infants and secondary parents or "sponsors" would enact to speak the child's part in the acceptance of God in life. This also was the case in Confirmation as the rites of Christian passage into adulthood and so for weddings as the couple's union binds them together as one. As religion binds families and communities together, Godparenting became a lifetime commitment with a promise to care the religious upbringing of all the children of God. The common thread among all these is that in every rite of a new beginning a hierarchy of spiritual maturity is expected and in case that the parents of the child cannot fulfill this obligation then the people who stood side by side during the parents should be able to carry the duty. The Spanish words for the godparent roles are used for members of the wedding party-padrino meaning "godfather" or "best man" and madrina meaning "godmother" or "matron of honor"-reflecting the custom of baptismal sponsors acting in this role in a couple's wedding.
This is a twist on one of the more often heard Irish wedding toasts, "In your life I hope you do four things: lie, steal, cheat and drink. When you lie, do it to save a friend, when you steal, steal someones heart. When you cheat, cheat death, and when you drink, drink with me."
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