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Irish Months to Marry In

The Irish culture was very much governed by the seasons. There was a season for planting, a season for harvesting, a season for courting and wooing. Everything was done in its proper place and time in the overall cycle of nature.

Here are the traditional Irish sayings involving getting married or handfasted.

Marry when the year is new, always loving, kind, and true.
When February birds do mate, you may wed, nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man.
Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses blow, over land and sea you'll go.
They who in July do wed, must labor always for their bread.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change are sure to see.
Marry in September's shine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joy will come, remember.
When December's rain fall fast, marry and true love will last.

As you can see, tradition was trying to steer couples away from marrying in May through August. That is because these were the "busy times" in Irish life - when farmers were planting and tending their fields, when craftsmen were selling their wares, when sheepherders were tending their flocks. There was a lot going on! Weddings and other celebrations were saved for the quieter months, when the village had time to dedicate to the event.

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