Symbolism or fashion?

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Symbolism or fashion?

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Hello,

I recently located this picture of my ancestor and who I believe to be his son. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what the red scarf tied to his arm means? I was wondering if it is symbolic or just a fashion trend. Thanks!
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I would think it refers to his confirmation since red is the color generally representing that sacrament but I am not sure.
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I didn't even think of that, but it does make sense. Thank you for your reply :)
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You're welcome!
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I agree that it represents the sacrament of Confirmation. However, I have a photo of my uncle with his godfather. Could this photo be godfather and godson?
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I confirm that I also have several photos of confirmations with the scarf and usually - as said above - the photo is with the godfather/mother
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The boy's white tie "confirms" it, to quote a phrase.

He also looks the right age.
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