Category:Handfasting

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"Handfasting" is in origin just a term for "marriage contract", "engagement to be married"; in contemporary usage, it takes two distinct meanings:

  • a Neopagan wedding ceremony
  • the custom of tying a ribbon around a marrying couple's hands as a symbol of union

It isn't clear what this category is supposed to be about, and it would make sense to divide the Neopagan from the "ribbon" meanings.

The "hand-tying" custom is traditional in the Ukraine (see also Category:Rushnyk), but use of the English term "handfasting" for this seems to arise in the 2000s (at least, the first images uploaded to commons so described date to 2006).