by Dottie Wenger
For this February/Valentine issue of Kid’s Craic, we highlight the Claddagh (a most perfect Irish valentine gift!) and its significance. The rings originated in the village of Claddagh in Galway back in the 18thcentury and were originally worn by fishermen as a means of identification. These days, the exchange of Claddagh rings is popular in both Ireland and the United States.
The ring’s design is a heart held by two hands with a crown on top. Each element has its own meaning:
The Heart: symbolizes love
The Hands: symbolizes friendship
Crown: symbolizes loyalty
Did you know: traditionally, the WAYin which a Claddagh ring is worn sends a message?
- If your heart has been “promised” to someone, it’s worn with the tip of the heart pointing in towards the wrist.
- If you’re still looking for your true love, wear the tip of the heart pointing out.
- If the Claddagh was given to you by a family member or good friend, it’s worn on the right hand. If someone is in a serious relationship, then it’s worn on the left.
Gaelic word for February:
Gra` (pronounced “graw”) = “love”
What did the squirrel say to his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day?
“I’m NUTS about you!”
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