What do you know about the sand ceremony?

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What do you know about the sand ceremony?

Let's find out today, sand ceremony. A secular style of ceremony that is a sensation both for its simplicity and its symbolism. Do you want to try a unique experience highlighting romanticism and originality for your wedding? Complete the traditional exchange of rings with this. Take a look at our info and tips to enhance your D-Day.

The origin of the sand ritual?

As far as I know, this is a tradition of Hawaiian origin. It has been going on for decades or maybe even longer.

In this part of the world it is not uncommon for a wedding ceremony to take place on the shores of beaches. A magnificent setting where there is no lack of sand, you might think ?! But as you will see below it is not just a simple choice.

This increasingly popular ritual is beginning to spread across the world. In coastal regions of course but also in more urban areas during unions of couples wishing to respect a family tradition, in search of exoticism or for the deep meaning of this rite.

What is the meaning of this ritual?

The hidden meaning of this ritual is to merge the differences between the two people and mix their personality and custom to form one. Indeed, despite the differences, texture color etc ... once mixed the sands can no longer be separated. This represents the commitment that the spouses are ready to undertake, namely to unite and thus form a new entity, a new family ...

On the other hand, this ritual is a symbol of respect for the diversity of each individual, because by pouring the sands into the container, they mix, on the other hand, it each keeps their initial color. These Hawaiian customs demonstrate that the commitment and union of the bride and groom and their children, if they have any, should not go against the respect for the personality and originality of each in a marriage.

The conduct of the sand ceremony

This ritual usually takes place at the time of pronouncing the vows, before the exchange of alliances. The two people and their family say their vows by pouring colored sand into the chosen container. Each individual who participates in this ritual will be represented by a particular type of sand or of a different color each. 

It can be done in two or more, depending on the choice of the bride and groom. Family members or close friends can also participate in the rite such as the children of the bride and groom if it is a recomposed marriage, or witnesses, according to their wish.

The exchange of vows, which is generally restricted to the couple, can thus be extended to more participants if desired. Personally, I really like the idea of involving children. Moreover, this ritual also lends itself to a renewal of vows. A subject that was mentioned in theone of our previous articles

There are several ways to proceed when pouring sand. Some people try to get layers of color representing periods of life or something else, and others prefer the idea that life is made of movement and unpredictable interactions. Still others try to represent something. A heart shape for example. 

After the ceremony, the bride and groom keep the common container in their home as a symbol of their union. It is quite common that it is an hourglass but it is not an obligation.

The Sand Ceremony: Discover This Rite

That will be all for this time. I hope I made you discover new things. You will soon find on the site articles on other secular ceremonial rituals as well as other subjects of course. Until then, be well. 


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