A Look at Hand Fasting
The hand fasting ceremony at your naming day symbolises unity,
devotion and support for your child.
Whilst hand fasting is an old pagan marriage custom, it can beautifully
adapted for naming day ceremonies. You need several lengths of
either rope, nylon or other material, which need to be of varying
The ropes or material is then fastened or tied around the hands
of the child and parents (and sometimes other family members),
in order to bind a pledge. As further pledges are made, more lengths
of material are tied, with each length being a different colour.
Pledges can be simple gestures such as: "we will always
support you in times of need or hardship", or "I will
never leave your side", and so on.
As with most rituals, it is always fitting to play or perform
music in the background, or even invite a friend or family member
to do a reading. These added features will help to enhance the
occasion and celebration.