Previously, we examined the history and modern day practices of the Unity Sand Wedding Ceremony and the Tree Planting Ceremony. Now we’d like to share with our readers the Washing of the Hands Wedding Ceremony, which is a Jewish tradition that is also prevalent in Hawaiian ceremonies.
The hand-washing ceremony originates from the Old Testament and symbolizes “the removal of impurity and renewed spiritual integrity”. In modern day Jewish wedding ceremonies, each guest pours water over the bride and groom’s hands while offering good wishes on their marriage. The bowl and pitcher are also a wedding gift to the newlywed couple.
Similar to the Jewish ceremony, the Hawaiian ceremony represents a cleansing of the bride and groom’s spirits before marriage and represents the promise to easily forgive your partner throughout your married life. Hawaiians use ocean water to cleanse their hands, as they believe their lives are influenced and connected with the sea, and they use a koa bowl, pitcher or seashell.
We’re ready to help you incorporate the Hand-Washing Ceremony into your wedding! Contact our Ocean Isle Beach, NC wedding planners today for more information!