Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day April 22, 2010 with the Tree of Life

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April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Kinnaird Bagpipes is celebrating the event with Celtic Tree of Life jewellery, clothing, and gifts, and donations to Earth friendly charities.

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April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The event is designed to create awareness and appreciation for the environment. Started in 1970, it continues to grow each year with Earth Day 2007 being one of the largest so far with an estimated billion participants. Kinnaird Bagpipes is celebrating Earth Day 2010 with Tree of Life products including Tree of Life jewellery, shirts, messenger bags, stickers and more. Tree of Life products are on sale until the end of April and a portion of every sale will be donated to an Earth Day charity.

The Tree of Life symbol appears in several cultures including Ancient Egypt, China, India, MesoAmerica, and Native America. Trees are often central in creation stories in many cultures. They are an essential part of life as they are a source of food, oxygen, and shelter and can be used for warmth.

In the Celtic culture, the Tree of Life was a central part of spirituality. Trees were not just inanimate objects, but living beings connected to us and believed to be ancestors of mankind. Sacred Trees had magical healing properties. Some acted as gateways to the Realm of the Fairies and to the Gods.

In the Celtic Ogham alphabet, each letter represents a sacred tree or plant. The most sacred tree was the Oak, which represented the center of the universe. The Druids held their rituals surrounded by Oaks which brought them power and provided them with entry to the Otherworld. The Sacred Trees could reveal messages from the Gods.

There are several legends involving Sacred Trees. In some instances, one would fall asleep next to a tree and awaken in the fairy world. Trees carried messages to the Otherworld, and could return blessings. Ribbons are often tied to trees in hope of being blessed with love, healing, and prosperity.

During settlement clearings, a large tree was always left in the middle to embody the security and integrity of the people. Chieftain ceremonies were performed at the Sacred Tree to connect him to the heavens above and the world below. Tribes gained power over their enemies by cutting down their Sacred Tree.

Branches reach up to the Heavens and the roots dig deep into the earth connecting the world above and the world below. The trunks remain in our world, keeping us connected to the other worlds. The Tree of Life idea exists in many cultures and religions, as trees are necessary to sustain our lives.

Celebrate Earth Day with Tree of Life products. There are beautiful gold and silver Tree of Life jewellery pieces available including a Clogau Rose Gold and Silver Tree of Life Pendant with a matching Bracelet or the Tree of Life Pendant with Stone with matching earrings. Welsh artist Jen Delyth has also created Tree of Life jewellery including the Tree of Life Brooch, Tree of Life Pendant and Tree of Life Ring.

Also available in Jen Delyth’s designs are messenger bags, throws, stickers, journals, and greeting cards, as well as the World Tree Shirt. We also carry the Green Man Sword, which represents humanity's kinship with trees. In addition to all of the Tree of Life products available, place any order online with coupon code “Tree of Life” to receive a discount and support Earth Day charities.

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