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. 

19 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

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

Margaret D said...

That's interesting Adam..

Jax said...

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

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

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

Debra She Who Seeks said...

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

Christine said...

Interesting.

NanaDiana said...

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

Emmylou said...

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

Pat Hatt said...

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

Al Penwasser said...

And then the Ritual Handing Over of the Testicles

Bob Bushell said...

Cool.

Adam said...

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

The Happy Whisk said...

I did know this one.

Sakuranko said...

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

happyone said...

Ah so that's where that came from.

stephen Hayes said...

Makes sense.

Martha said...

That is quite interesting!

Bethany Carson said...

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.

bj said...

I love this idea, Adam....