Published on October 22, 2013 by Amy
The Pueblo tradition of the bride and groom first drinking individually from each side of the vase, and then drinking together to re-enforce the spirit of co-operation.
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Believed to have originated in South America, the wedding vase has been a part of Pueblo life for centuries. The graceful spouts represent two separate lives. The bridge at the top part of the vessel unites these together as one.
The future husband’s parents provide the wedding vase in Indian ceremonies. This happens two weeks before marriage and is a very festive time. Gifts and advice are given to the bride and groom as they prepare to establish their new home together.
On their wedding day, this vase is filled with Indian holy water, which has been blessed by a Shaman or Priest, and given to the bride. She drinks from one side of the vessel while the groom partakes from the opposite side. This ceremony is equivalent to the exchanging of wedding bands.
The couple will cherish their wedding vase throughout their married life.
The couple first drink from one side, then the vase is turned and each sip from the other side. Finally, the both drink from the vase at the same time. It is said if the couple can drink from the vase at the same time and not spill a single drop, good understanding and a cooperative spirit will always be a part of their marriage.