Religious Glossary - common terms used related to Religion
Handfasting - A Neopagan wedding. Some religious traditions
assign it a length of a year and a day. It can be registered
with the government as a marriage if the priest/priestess
performing the handfasting is registered to perform weddings.
A Pagan or Wiccan marriage ceremony which traditionally takes
place at a specified period of time depending on one's tradition.
Pagan marriage, traditionally enacted for a given period
of time, renewed only if both parties agree. It is most commonly
enacted for a period of a year and a day.
A pagan wedding, either legal or non-legal. Handfasting was
a common term for marriage until the 1400s. It has been used
as a form of temporary marriage - if two wanted to join, often
a Handfasting would occur, and after a term of a year and
a day (traditionally) the couple could either renew vows and
become legally wed or could break things off with no hard
feelings on either side. During a Handfasting, the couple
is presented and their left hands are bound by a special cord.