Irish Wedding Culture
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
September 27, 2010
Different places have different cultures. Some aspects of life can look the same in most cultures. We do not really think about what our parents have passed on to us. We also do not think too much of where it has come from or if it is part of our culture. We just live our lives. Well that is how other cultures are. Their culture is just how they live. I have decided that I am going to pretend that I am an anthropologist and I want to research the Irish culture.
The Irish are well known. We know a lot already about them. I want to know more like everything I can. It is going to be fun. It will also be good to know things that people do not already know, so that I can pass the information on to my kids and their kids someday. We could research lots of things in the Irish culture such as the language, celebrations, landscape, music and the folk tales. We also do not want to forget about the pubs. They all sound so wonderful. We are going to look into the wedding celebration.
The Irish wedding is a lot like an American wedding. So I can see where the Americans got all their wedding traditions. What is the difference between the American and Irish weddings? Irish weddings are lots of fun. They also have lots of superstitions that have to be carried out. What are these superstitions and how are they different from the Americans.
The weddings cannot start without a proposal. The American always asks will you marry me. It may be done in all different ways and it is not always the guys asking the girls. The Irish ask by saying “Would you like to be buried with my people” or “Would you like to hang your washing next to mine”. So after getting engaged all the family and friends want to know when the big day is. The Irish will ask by asking “When are you giving us a day out”. (Ireland, 2010) It is just known languages for the Irish.
Both cultures select a day for the ceremony to happen on. The Americans find the best day for both the bride and the groom. They do not have days to look out for, but it is the total opposite. Irish people will only marry on a certain day and in certain months. There is a saying that the Irish have for what month to wed in. It goes like this: Marry when the year is new, always loving, kind, and true.
When February birds do mate, you may wed, nor dread your fate. If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know. Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man.
Marry in the month of May; you will surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses blow, over land and sea you'll go.
They who in July do wed, must labor always for their bread. Whoever wed in August be, many a change are sure to see.
Marry in September's shine, your living will be rich and fine. If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry. If you wed in bleak November, only joy will come, remember. When December's rain fall fast, marry and true love will last. (Shea, 2010) Others have a different time to marry. January, March and May are good months and every other months are bad ones. (Cody & Carrion, 2007; 2010) There is also a saying when you are picking the day for the wedding. That saying is: Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for crosses, Friday for losses and Saturday no day at all.
The dress is what comes next. We wear white because it represents purity. The Irish have a saying about the color of the dress. The saying is: Marry in white everything’s right
Marry in blue lover be true
Marry in pink spirit’s will sink
Marry in gray live far away
Marry in brown live out of town
Marry in green ashamed to be seen
Marry in yellow ashamed of your fellow
Marry in black wish you were back
Marry in red wish you were dead
Marry in tan he’ll be a loved man