Valentines

Tarim white crystals

Tarim white crystals

MPS Bio Energy

MPS Bio Energy

First of all, just to let you know, the winter giveaway is over and was a great success, with 83 entries. The winner has been notified.

Secondly, St. Valentine’s Day. It’s in four days time. And in honour of the day, Magnetic Products Store is doing a special promotion. But hurry up if you want to allow enough time for the item(s) you order to reach you.

No doubt there are those among you who would like to know why we celebrate Valentine as the “patron saint of lovers.” The question is, which of the fourteen saint Valentines are we talking about? In fact only three of them are celebrated on the 14th of February. By the way, on a purely pedantic note, this year St. Valentine’s day is also the 50th anniversary of Australia going over to decimal currency!

python 4-in-1

python 4-in-1

Tennis Summer Sky

Tennis Summer Sky

But I digress. Getting back to our pantheon of Saint Valentines, you’re probably wondering which was the romantic? The answer is that, as far as we can tell, none of them were. They were all Christian martyrs. So how did the name come to be associated with romantic love? I can only speculate here, but several factors may have contributed to it. chief amongst them is the Christian tradition that treats marriage as a sacrament symbolizing God’s unconditional love for humanity. Secondly, there were tales about early Christians performing secret marriage ceremonies for low-ranking soldiers who were allegedly not allowed to marry in pagan Rome. And some of these were attributed to this St. Valentine. But these tales have little if any basis in history. Because Roman soldiers most certainly were allowed to marry, regardless of rank.

Jamain white

Jamain white

Osiris

Osiris

It is quite possible that the actual association of St. Valentine with romance was due to Chaucer who wrote a poem in which he suggested that Valentine’s day was the date on which birds chose their mate. It’s unlikely that birds actually do start their mating season that early. But the mere fact that such a distinguished writer as Chaucer suggested it, planted the idea in people’s minds and as the reporter says at the end of The man who shot Liberty Valance: “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Thus, St. Valentine’s Day came to be associated with lovers and romance, in England at least.

Adel Ladies steel bangle

Adel Ladies steel bangle

Ankita magnetic therapy bangle

Ankita magnetic therapy

But because England – and it’s great language – came to lead the civilized world, the association of Saint Valentine with romance spread throughout the world. But by the late eighteenth century young men routinely sent handwritten cards to their paramours expressing their eternal devotion. And with the advent of modern technology, those cards then came to be printed, serving a mass market. To this was added the giving of gifts such as flowers, confectionery and jewellery.

And, of course, candle-lit dinners are popular.

But not everyone can afford gold and diamonds. But then again you don’t have to. The special promotion at MPS offers a massive range of magnetic bracelets, including copper bangles, stainless steel and glittering Swarovski.

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