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Tie the knot

刊登日期: 2018.06.08
作者: Grace Tse  

A couple of weeks ago, the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place at Windsor Castle in England. People around the world were attracted by the spectacular event. Did you watch the ceremony as the pair tied the knot? 

What kind of knot is it in the idiom “tie the knot”(結婚;永結同心)? While its origin is uncertain, it is believed that it refers to a traditional Celtic “handfasting” (握手婚約)custom. The Celts (pronounced “kelts”)were powerful tribes of people who lived in central and northern Europe, such as Britain and Ireland, in the 7th century BC. During the Celtic(凱爾特人的)ceremony, the man and the woman were tied at the wrist to symbolise their bond. Handfasting could refer to either engagement or wedding. 

The written form of this expression was first found in a poem written by Matthew Prior, an English poet, in 1718. 

“So to the priest their case they tell: 

He ties the knot; and all goes well.” 

Nowadays, some Western weddings have brought back this handfasting custom. However, how the knotting is performed i s d i fferent among couples. They can decide what kind and what colours of the knot they use. For example, some couples have their hands bound with ribbons of several colours in the middle of the wedding and then make their vows

Different cultures have their own marriage customs. Chinese people value the importance of marriage. They have many auspicious sayings which describe traditional practices and bring blessings to the couples. Do you know any of these? 


Glossary

Ceremony 

典禮

Bond 

結合

Engagement 

訂婚

Knotting 

打結

Couples 

夫妻;情侶

Vows 

誓約

Auspicious 

吉祥

Blessings 

祝福

 

 

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