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Here at eLuxurySupply, we would like to be the first to say, “top o’ the mornin’ to ya!” and explain to you why we are so excited about St. Patrick’s Day.
The History Behind It All
For those of you who do not know, St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture, originating as a religious holiday. St. Patrick’s Day has become a day where many are pinched into wearing green clothing, children can indulge in sweets, and adults can enjoy a hearty pint of beer at the local pub.
The irony behind all of this is that Saint Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland - was never really Irish. He was raised in Roman Britain, but became captive to a group of Irish raiders who transported him as a slave to Ireland. Regaining his freedom, Saint Patrick returned home and converted to Christianity. Later, Saint Patrick began missionary work in both the north and west portions of Ireland. He was said to have died on March 17 around the year 493.
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Leaf of Luck and other Legends
The most common St. Patrick's Day symbol is the shamrock. The shamrock is the leaf of the clover plant and a symbol of the Holy Trinity. The Druids (Celtic priests), in the early days of Ireland, believed that when they carried a three-leaf clover or shamrock, they could see evil spirits coming and have a chance to escape in time.
Four-leaf clovers were Celtic charms, presumed to offer magical protection and ward off bad luck. Children in the Middle Ages believed if they carried a four-leaf clover, they would be able to see fairies, and the first literary reference to suggest their good fortune was made in 1620 by Sir John Melton.
St. Patrick was believed to coin the three leaf clover with the holy trinity. The saint was associated with many other legends. For instance, the saint was rumored to have rid Ireland of all of its snakes, and as crazy as it sounds, after some 1500 years, these legends have been inseparably combined with the facts. Fact and fiction together have helped us know much about the saint and the spirit behind the celebration.
Saving Your Pot O’ Gold
Legend also has it, that every rainbow has the potential to lead to a pot of gold. Everyone loves discovering a great find, whether it be a great price or a good-quality product. So, we wanted to give that same experience to our customers. Today, leprechauns aren’t the only ones who will find a pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow. You can save 15% on your entire order by using the code “SHAMROCK15” at checkout.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!