Most people correlate St. Patrick's Day with green beer, 4 leaf clovers, and, well...more green beer. But what if I told you that St. Patrick's Day is as much about love as it is drinking until the sun rises?
The Irish are known for being a very passionate people. The culture is full of stories, myths, beliefs, and sayings that relate to love and relationships; many of which have become an integral part of American culture.
Let's start with the very cliché' four leaf clover. We all know that the four leaf clover is a symbol of good fortune, but did you know that each leaf has a different meaning? The first leaf stands for faith, the second hope, the third love, and the fourth luck (www.fourleafclover.com). Use this symbol in your relationship to acknowledge the faith you have in one another, the hope you have for a strong future together, the love you share, and as a symbol of luck for a lasting relationship. While tee shirts and tattoos of four leaf clovers are common, try to think of unique ways to display this good love charm Show off your faith in this Irish symbol by placing Liv by Swarovski in your home. Liv is a crystal figurine molded after a four leaf clover. Its petals are created in faceted Peridot crystal and its center flaunts small White Alabaster crystal chaton. A heart-shaped leaf in faceted Rosaline crystal comes on the silver-tone metal stem. For only $55 dollars this small jewel can work it's charm on your love. Buy it online at www.swarovski.com or in the Swarovski store at Easton Town Center. You could also share a good love charm with a bride to be by giving a clear crystal four leaf clover from Swarovski as a bridal gift.
Another Irish symbol that is a little less popular in the world of novelty tees is the Irish Love Knot. Consisting of two hearts intertwined with no beginning or end, the Irish Love Knot is a symbol of eternal love (www.signsofspirit.com). This meaningful symbol can often be found in the bedroom of two lovers. Many homegood designers have created bedroom sets and linens that show off this sign of love. Purchase a Love Knot figurine for your home from Target, as a display of the love you share and a reminder that true love is everlasting. Or, as a wedding gift, give a set of Love Knot champaign flutes, also from Target, for only $34.84 or a Love Knot serving set for only $35.99, to wish the newlyweds an endless love in the form of a thoughtful gift.
Lastly, the most famous Irish symbol of love is the Irish Claddagh. The claddagh is the Irish marriage symbol with the heart symbolizing love, life's purest impulse, the hands of friendship clasped around the heart, coming together to nurture and protect. The crown is symbolic of loyalty, representing love's endurance throughout life (www.historicimpressions.com/Irish). Often found exclusively in Irish households and at Irish weddings, this good love charm is very popular as a tattoo, acting as a permanent expression of ones love and loyalty toward another.
So, as you go out and party in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, whether you are celebrating as an Irish American or in homage to a great culture you may not belong to, keep in mind that the people of Ireland have more to offer then a legacy of tales of leprechauns and rainbows and a tradition of celebrating with beer. Share a good love charm with the man or woman in your life in celebration of today and everyday to come that you wish to spend with them. Perhaps the luck of the Irish will rub off on you and yours.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
There are 4 things you must never do: lie, steal, cheat, or drink.
But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love.
If you must steal, steal away from bad company.
If you must cheat, cheat death.
And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away
- Brianne Kelly Darragh
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