Weekend Wrap-Up: A Prelude to St. Patrick’s Day

Weekend Wrap-Up: A Prelude to St. Patrick’s Day

The Legacy of St. Patrick 🍀

As we savor the last moments of our weekend, let’s turn our thoughts to the week ahead and the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17th, is a tribute to the patron saint of Ireland. It’s a day rich in history, marked by the first parade in 1601 in a Spanish colony in present-day St. Augustine, Florida. This day has grown into a global celebration of Irish culture and heritage, with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.

St. Patrick: The Man Behind the Legend

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 CE to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity.

Celebrations Around the World

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds, especially in places with large Irish communities. Cities like New York and Boston host large, vibrant events that showcase the pride and unity of the Irish diaspora. Since 1962, Chicago has colored its river green to mark the holiday. These celebrations have transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of all things Irish.

Embrace the Week with Emerald and Jade

As we look forward to the festivities, consider embracing the symbolism of emerald and jade. These 100% natural earth stones are not only perfect for St. Patrick’s Day but also represent growth, balance, and prosperity. Our exclusive Emerald and Jade collections offer a touch of elegance and a connection to the rich traditions of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Setting Intentions for the Week

Let’s wrap up our weekend with a nod to the Irish tradition of looking forward to good fortune and camaraderie. And as we do so, let’s adorn ourselves with jewelry that carries the vibrant energy of emerald and jade, setting our intentions for a week of success and balance 🍀

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