The Need for Celebration.
For thousands of years, our ancestors performed rituals related intimately to their everyday lives. They watched the seasons change and celebrated the power and mystery in the change. They gave thanks for their plantings, their harvests and their rest. They honoured the changes in their lives and their place in the ever changing world in which they lived. They recognized the relationship they had as individuals to their group and the relationship of the group to the environment in which they lived. The rituals were used as the means by which these systems of relationships and growth patterns were recognized, strengthened and honoured.
In today’s society many people feel a sense of isolation and disconnection from their family, their community and their environment. Significant emotional events in people’s lives are often unrecognized with the consequence that a beginning or an ending is never acknowledged. These events, such as divorce, retirement, are significant milestones in a person’s life and as such, should be recognized in the most appropriate manner.
Consider the following significant events and remember your experience of them. The thoughts and feelings you have about these types of events, particularly if there is some stress or trauma attached, can often lead to discontent and depression for considerable time after the event.
- First House
- Moving House
- Change of Career
A Celebrant trained in creating and working with you in preparing for or acknowledging any of these significant events, can be found on our Your Celebrant Is... pages. The Celebrants Centre has a range of materials available that can add a special touch to your memory of the day.
What You Should Expect
from any Celebration or Ritual.
The words that are spoken in any celebration or ritual are the means by which the values and ideals of the person or the family are transmitted to those attending. Words have power as we can recognize by songs and poetry that move us to joy or tears. What is spoken must be a clear indication and statement of the feelings and intentions of the participants. Any song, prose or poetry can be used as long as it is relevant to the message of the celebration.
There are also many powerful symbols often used in celebration. Common ones are the wedding ring, candles, incense, flowers, and colours. Any item that has a strong symbolic value for the person can be used. For example, at a naming or baptism, a child may be presented with special candles that can be lit on every significant birthday through to young adulthood, or a family heirloom can be used at a wedding to pass down to the eldest child. Even in a simple ceremony, a child who is mourning the loss of a favourite pet may wish to use an item that belonged to the animal in their ceremony, they may wish a blessing for the animal before burial.
A Winter solstice ceremony for the southern hemisphere is organized by the Dean of Studies. Contact the Celebrants Centre for information.