Irish Baptism Traditions

Your child’s baptism is a time to celebrate your beliefs and family traditions. If your family is of Irish origin, you may want to include some Celtic or Irish baptism traditions in your ceremony or reception.

Irish Christening Gowns

Irish linen christening gown

Traditionally, Irish infants wear baptismal gowns made of Irish linen. These lovely gowns are made of flax linen from Ireland. The cost is prohibitive for some, but the gowns are lovely and passed down generation to generation.

The baptism ceremony is arranged with your church in advance. During the ceremony, the baby is welcomed to the church and the parents and god parents make promises to raise the baby within the faith. Holy water from the font is used during the ceremony. In many places in Ireland, this water was taken directly from many of Ireland’s holy wells before the baptismal font was added within the church.

After the ceremony, most families hold a reception allowing the family and friends who have come together to enjoy some time socializing. These are often held at home, with family members contributing to the meal. They may also be a formal meal at an alternate location.

To add some Irish or Celtic touches to your ceremony consider some of these Irish gifts, momentos, and reception ideas.

Begin with an Irish baptism invitation like those sold by Naptime Productions. Simple, elegant, with a touch of Ireland.

Plan a meal to include some traditional Irish foods, and using an Irish theme to your table decor and favors. This traditional Irish proverb would be lovely added to your decorations; “A New born babe, brings light to the cottage, warmth to the hearth, and joy to the soul, for wealth is family – family is wealth.”

Irish Counting BookIrish theme gifts for the baby may include a book of Irish legends or toys with an Irish theme. An Irish folk tale could even be read to the children attending the reception.

You may also be interested in the origin of some Irish baby names.

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