Handfastings are beautiful ceremonies that are held to celebrate the commitment and love that two people share. In some cases, they are simply meant to be a symbol of that commitment, while in others, they are utilized as an official marriage ceremony in conjunction with a civil ceremony that brings two people together.
Many people of the pagan faith choose to celebrate their handfastings according to the pagan sabbats. Check out some of the best times during the year to hold a handfasting below.
The Spring Equinox is held on March 21st and is meant to mark the beginning of spring. This has become a popular time to hold a handfasting because couples who commit to one another on this day are thought to have a balanced and happy future ahead of them. As people prepare for warmer weather and longer days, they are also able to prepare for the life they will lead moving forward with a handfasting.
There is so much hard work and effort that must be put into a relationship to make it work. When you hold your handfasting on Lammas, which falls on July 31st, you will be making a commitment to that work and effort. Lammas is traditionally held to celebrate a harvest, and you will in effect be celebrating the harvest of your love with a handfasting on this date.
On June 21st, the sun reaches its highest point and the day is longer than at any other point in the year. It’s a time for pagans to celebrate reaching the milestone and to look forward to all that is to come as the days wind down and become shorter. It’s known as a period of transition, and it’s a good idea to have a handfasting during this period since marriage is, in a lot of ways, a transitional time for a couple. You will get the chance to celebrate your strength while also acknowledging the changes that are surely to come.
These are just a few of the sabbats that would work well for a handfasting. You can also choose to hold it on Beltane (May 1), Autumn Equinox (September 21), Samhain (October 31), or Winter Solstice (December 21). No matter when you choose to hold it, you can set up a handfasting with Handfastings and Weddings. Call us at 610-532-9598 today for more information.