Christening gowns are part of our Irish cultural heritage. For centuries these gowns have been a meaningful way for Irish families to express their faith and family traditions. They're symbolic works of art.
Christening dresses are often called baptismal gowns. In the past, Irish babies of both genders wore a gown when being baptized.
Today, I'm delighted to introduce you to a unique range of Irish Christening Gowns. These lovely dresses are created with love and care in County Galway, Ireland.
These magnificent designs are influenced by the gloriously rich and colorful history of Ireland’s ancient Celtic past.
But first let's explore the importance of christening gowns in Irish history and culture.
Christening Gowns In Irish Culture:
In Ireland a baby's christening represents a new cycle of life, and recognizes the purity and joy of new life.
Christening gowns are a representation of the major rite of passage that baptism is, in a child's life. It is when a child celebrates becoming part of a family's Catholic or Christian faith.
Infant baptism or christening began in the early centuries of Christianity, sometime between the second and third century AD. Saint Patrick arrived in Ireland in the 5th century and greatly contributed to the conversion of the Irish people to Christianity. Our Celtic ancestors embraced the tradition of religious baptism.
Irish Christening clothes are traditionally white, symbolizing innocence, purity and oneness with God.
In the Catholic tradition, girls wear three white dresses to mark three major sacraments in the Church. These three rites of passage are her christening or baptism, her communion, and her wedding.
One old Irish tradition involves using fabric or lace from a bridal veil or gown to make a family christening robe. This old Irish custom is fading these days, but it was a beautiful and culturally significant tradition.
The shared fabric, of the wedding and christening gowns, represents the ties that bind families together. The threads of these interconnected and precious garments symbolize unity between the generations.
Some Irish families then use a small piece of the christening garment when creating a wedding gown for the child.
Other families choose to pass the christening gown down through the generations. This is my Irish family tradition.
Christening Gowns As Family Heirlooms:
Preserving a baptismal gown for your future grandchild's christening is a beautiful family tradition and part of Irish cultural heritage.
Today, many Irish women choose to conserve their wedding dresses, rather than cutting them up to make christening gowns. In turn, they choose to invest in a family heirloom christening gown that can be safeguarded for generations to come.
Irish families treasure these christening heirlooms as important pieces of their family history.
A treasured christening gown intimately ties the generations of a family together. In large Irish families, the oldest girl usually inherits the family christening gown.
Preserving these precious gowns helps us appreciate our rich family heritage. A family heirloom christening outfit connects us to our past and highlights the threads binding us together.
Irish christening gowns stand out as truly unique heirlooms.
Celtic Christening Gown Designs:
The Celtic Collection by Helen Marie offers a beautiful selection of christening dresses.
They're designed for Irish parents and families, and those of Irish descent, both in Ireland and around the world. Customers of this Irish owned business value their Irish heritage and share in its rich cultural history and identity.
Created from the finest Dupion silk, each of these christening gowns is embroidered with an intricate Celtic design. These handmade christening gowns are rich in Celtic history.
Celtic symbols are part of our Irish identity and heritage, including our Christian past. When the Irish accepted Christianity they intertwined their old spiritual beliefs with their new found belief in one true God. Ancient Christian monasteries and High Crosses in Ireland are elaborately decorated with spiraling and interwoven Celtic knots and designs.
Each sophisticated Celtic pattern, chosen for these garments, represents one of each of the counties on the beautiful island of Ireland. Every magnificent design has its own unique story to tell.
Celtic Crosses feature on many of these beautiful dresses. These symbols are powerful representations of the faith, hope, ideals and aspirations of the Irish people.
Intricate spirals in Celtic symbolism represent the balance between inner and outer consciousness. This ties in with our Christian belief that we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit at Baptism. His gifts enlighten our inner consciousness throughout life.
These beautifully crafted gowns come with matching bonnets. These sets honor you child's unique Celtic or Irish heritage in every stitch.
These Celtic Collection Christening Gowns and Bonnets are handled with love and attention to detail. Each set is packaged in a gift presentation box, together with its own hanger.
Enclosed with each and every family heirloom garment, is a scroll. This precious keepsake details the origin, history and story of the Celtic design embroidered on the christening gown.
In modern day Ireland, wearing a christening gown is definitely not a requirement. However, my nostalgic, traditional side cannot help but appreciate their incredible cultural significance.
The symbolism of a Celtic design makes a baptismal gown even more meaningful. This cultural significance is further highlighted, when the Celtic design represents a family's county of origin.
Introducing Irish Craftswoman, Helen Marie:
Helen Marie Moore is a Galway woman and crafts person extraordinaire. She's the director and designer at Helen Marie Handmade Creations, located in the west of Ireland.
She wishes to share our Celtic and Irish story through her designs. Her intricately crafted christening outfits are for all families, who value their Irish heritage and share its cultural history and identity.
The Celtic symbols beautifully embroidered onto each girl's christening gown by Helen, is a link to our shared cultural inheritance.
You can check out all of Helen Marie's creative christening designs on her website. If your family hails from a particular county in Ireland, why not check out the Celtic symbol representing your county of origin.
A big thank you to Helen for introducing her exceptional work today. I truly appreciate how her work helps promote and sustain our Irish cultural legacy.
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Sending blessings your way, and most especially if you're planning a christening for your little one.
Slán agus beannacht,
Goodbye and blessings,
Irish American Mom
Disclosure Note: Irish American Mom does not have a business relationship with Helen Marie Handmade Creations and did not receive any payment for this guest post. Helen is looking to grow her home based business and reach new customers around the world. I thought this little Irish American community might be interested in her creations. Wishing Helen every success in the world.
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