Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fact of the Day: Tying the Knot

"Tying the knot" is a common phrase that means "to get married". The origin is debated but the most likely case would be the days of Celtic paganism. The wedding ceremony would typically include a hand-fasting where the couple's hands would be tied together to symbolize the union of the couple. 

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  1. That is a very nice photo you chose there. Interesting to learn of the origin of this expression.

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  2. So they would literally tie a knot? I actually kind of like that!

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  3. Ok, now you have to tell us where the expression "the old ball and chain" came from.

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  4. I've been to a handfasting ritual where the couple's hands were tied together in a very elaborate knotting ceremony.

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  5. Fun fact....now the "old ball and chain" thing comes to mind....lol

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  6. I wish everyone still does this....it's kinda cool.

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    1. there was one at my wedding. Though there were not knots, it was more like a wrap

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  7. Knew there were some where hands were actually tied, from movies haha

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  8. And then the Ritual Handing Over of the Testicles

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  9. Oh this is super interesting~ Paganism hehehe
    Thanks for this fact
    xx

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  10. Ah so that's where that came from.

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  11. That's interesting. At my cousin's wedding, she and her husband actually tied knots around each other's wrists. The pastor officiating showed them how the knots could become untied, and they'd have to re-tie them...the groom decided to solve the problem once and for all and tied a double knot. They're still married, so it must have worked.

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