You Want A Beautiful Irish Christening Gown? You Don’t Have To Have The Luck Of The Irish For Your Baby To Wear One
I had never heard of an Irish Christening gown before the day that I recently sat down to talk with my sister about her baby’s Baptism. Her baby’s Baptism was quickly approaching and we were talking about gowns and traditions. My girlfriend, who happens to be Irish, was sitting with us and told my sister she should take a look at Irish gowns.
My sister and I both looked at each other, surprised that there even was such a thing. She went on to explain that the Irish Christening gown is definitely something to consider if you would like an heirloom piece to pass down for generations to come. When we decided to look online at some of the gowns out there, I could see exactly what she meant.
The first thing you will notice about the Irish Christening gown is that it is often made of Irish linen, or other fine materials. Furthermore, they often have sewn on them a four-leaf clover, a shamrock, or a Celtic cross. According to legend, St. Patrick (who brought Christianity to Ireland) used the shape of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to the people of Ireland. You will often notice the shamrock sewn on either the front of the gown, the shoes or the hat. Either way, the ones I saw were all tastefully done and were quite beautiful.
Another image you may find embroidered or sewn into an Irish Christening gown is the four-leaf clover. Each of the four leafs on a clover are said to represent faith, hope, love and luck. The significance of the four-leaf clover predates Christianity as the Druids (priests of the Celts) considered it to be a charm against evil spirits. Once again, you will find this imagine somewhere on the gown, the shoes, the hat, or bib that goes along with the outfit.
The other popular symbol found on an Irish Christening gown is the Celtic cross. The Celtic cross differs from the traditional Christian cross in that it has a circle around the centre of it. This circle symbolizes the eternity of God’s love. The Celtic cross is quite ornate and when embroidered on fine fabric makes quite a statement.
An Irish Christening gown exemplifies faith, culture and tradition. They are beautifully handcrafted pieces that can be used in ceremonies for people of any faith. They certainly have an antique aura to them, making them a perfect choice for an heirloom piece. Once you see their delicate beauty you will embrace these gowns as I have.
About The Author:
Angela Lanci Zaurrini is a talented and successful freelance writer. Her various writings provide relevant information and wonderfully researched resources for parents and consumers purchasing baby products. She is a young and yet experienced educator who earned her B.A. and teaching certification through Simon Fraser University, Canada. She continues her passion of sharing knowledge through her numerous writings and educational articles.
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