Uncover the timeless tradition of gifting Claddagh jewelry on Valentine's Day. From knights to Renaissance goldsmiths, learn about the rich history of this symbol of love and commitment.
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Valentine's Day is a holiday that is observed as a time for love and affection in Ireland, as it is in a large number of other countries. Celebrations of Valentine’s Day all around the Emerald Isle include a variety of romantic traditions that provide an Irish flavor to the holiday.
- Categories: Celtic Jewelry , St. Valentine's DayEveryone is on the hunt for that perfect Valentine’s gift when the same old flowers and fattening chocolate just is not going to cut it. Especially after the year we all had in 2020. The pandemic has given people a newfound or renewed appreciation for our relationships, a spiritual awakening and has left us in search of a deeper meaning in everything. So, we recommend instead of giving the same old boring thoughtless gift why not give a beautiful piece of Celtic jewelry steeped in sentimental meaning, tradition, and spiritualism. Women of all ages love a nice piece of jewelry, especially something that was thoughtfully selected with meaning.
- Jan 18 2021
Valentine's Day Meaning & HistoryCategories: Irish Traditions , Celtic Holidays , St. Valentine's Day
Ah, Valentine’s Day. The first thing that comes to mind is a heart-shaped box of cheap chocolates that should be directly applied to one’s hips. And then there is that sweet little cupid. He’s an overweight angel aiming a bow and arrow at you to inspire you to fall blissfully in love. I mean, let’s face it. Cupid’s arrow is a weapon that literally and metaphorically could be the death of you. But all jokes aside, do you even know why we actually celebrate Valentine’s Day? I didn’t think so.
What is the
- Jan 22 2016
Valentine's Day from an Irish PerspectiveCategories: Irish Traditions , Celtic Legends , St. Valentine's DaySo where is St. Valentine now? Ireland, duh! What you may not know for some unknown reason is that St. Valentine's remains are rumored to be buried in Dublin, Ireland. How do you like that wee bit of useless knowledge?
- Jan 24 2015
The Legend of Saint ValentineCategories: Celtic Legends , St. Valentine's Day
In ancient Rome, the date February 14th was a holiday to honor the Roman Goddess of women and marriage. The next day was celebrated as the pagan Roman Feast of Lupercalia. During this time in Roman history, young adults were strictly segregated by sex. No surprise, it was 269 AD. Eventually, they needed to give their hormones a chance to flourish. So it was customary on the eve of the feast of Lupercalia for young men and women to be partnered for the feast by the men picking the girls' names from a jar. Sometimes the pairing lasted for a year and the young couples fall romantically in love and eventually marring. It was all very sexist in a provocative way.
Unfortunately, this didn't last for long. This euphoric ritual of hormonal teenage partnering would come to an abrupt end during the tyrannical rule of Emperor Claudius II, also known as Claudius the cruel. Emperor Claudius had Rome fighting in many bloody and unpopular battles and was having grave difficulty recruiting soldiers