This is the first of four posts in which I look at how we can incorporate rituals from other cultures into a Celebrant led ceremony.
The first ritual I have included is taken from the Yoruba culture. The Yoruba are one of the largest African ethnic groups south of the Sahara Desert. They have a wealth of folklore aimed at guiding people on life's journey.
This ritual is called the "Four elements"
The four elements are those of taste - sour, bitter,hot and sweet. Traditionally the couple taste vinegar, lemon, cayenne pepper and honey however these can be substituted for foodstuff with similar tastes.
Each taste represents an aspect of a couple's relationship.
sour - acknowledges that there will be disappointments as well as successes in life. After tasting the couple agree to offer their full support and love to each other
bitter - every life experiences denial and rejections. After tasting the couple promise to offer each other guidance and wisdom.
hot - for the spice and passion in an enduring relationship
sweet - for the abundance of life in all the stages of life together.
Next time : The Four directions ritual
Choosing a Celebrant to help you create that special ceremony is an important step towards making your occasion a really memorable one. Why not take advantage of the free initial meeting I offer ? I believe it is important to meet informally to discuss your ideas and what I can offer. Meeting also gives us an opportunity to explore the type of ceremony that would best suit your needs.