Pirates and Pastafarians

This is from the i a few days ago:

A “Pastafarian couple” in New Zealand have  come the first to tie the “noodle knot” in a legally recognised ceremony conducted by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Toby Ricketts and Marianna Fen were legally married on a charter vessel decorated as a pirate ship in the tow of Akaroa, on New Zealand’s South Island. The wedding congregation dressed as pirates and watched the couple exchange rings made of pasta.Members of he church which began in the US as a protest against organised religion encroaching into state schools, believe that the world was created by an airborne being made of spaghetti and meatballs and that humans evolved from pirates.

I love this. And it shows that in our age of rationalism there is still room for inventing new rituals, not just based on beliefs, but as a means of binding us together as communities and having fun.

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