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Irish First Communion Veils Ties Tradition and History

First communion is a very memorable time that is often celebrated lavishly in many households.  For little girls this usually means a new fancy white dress, as well as a veil, shoes and often even gloves and other gifts.  Children study hard to prepare for their first communion, which is usually taken around the age of seven or eight.  As part of the rituals, the children usually also make their first confession about one week before communion so that they may be without sin and in a state of grace, ready to take part in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, which represents the body and the blood of Jesus Christ.  Irish first communion veils are perfect for the occasion.

It is said that the veil worn by little girls for their first communion represents the tablecloth used at the last supper.  Irish first communion veils go one step farther, as they also commonly incorporate the shamrock in their design, which is the symbol of the Trinity, or the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  There are also other interesting Irish symbols that are often used in the tiara that sometimes holds the veil such as the Claddagh, which is two hands holding a heart, and the Irish Trinity cross, which is similar to three intertwined circles or teardrop shapes.

For their first communion, most girls wear white, much like a bride, as a symbol of their purity and innocence.  Although there is nothing at present that says that girls must cover their hands, this was an ancient requirement.  These days the veil is usually worn to cover the back of the head, as with Irish first communion veils, which drape gently down the back of the communion dress.  Some people wear the veil with a tiara, while others wear it with a headband, sometimes made of satin.

In many families there are traditions that allow for the passing down of communion outfits and veils from one generation to another.  Obviously not all families are in a position to do this, and the tradition often starts anew with the purchase of Irish first communion veils.  These veils, which used to be lovingly made by hand, are usually made by machine these days, and the shamrock, as well as sometimes pearls and other gems, are embroidered onto the veil, which is made of gossamer like shear fabric.

If you are looking to purchase Irish first communion veils, you will find them in some of the better department stores.  They are also readily available on the internet through online merchants and you will be able to find authentic Irish products quite readily on the internet.  These days most online merchants provide secure check out facilities and you don’t need to worry about this.   As well most merchants offer very fast delivery.  This is one of the joys of living in the internet age, and there is a very good chance that you will find the perfect Irish veil that will soon become a new heirloom in our family.

This article was published on Saturday 09 January, 2010.

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