The Gulf Coast Stamp Club Show
Bourse & Exhibits
Friday, April 16th, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday, April 17th, 10 am - 4 pm
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Stamp Club
Location: St. Martin Community Center,
15008 LeMoyne Blvd., I-10 Exit 50
Open to the Public
Free Admission and Parking
Drawing for Apollo XIII Memorabilia
Exhibits Awarded Prize Levels by Certified APS Judge
The March 6th meeting of GCSC will take place at MERCY HOUSING, 1135 FORD ST., GULFPORT, 39507; 1:30PM BOARD Meeting and a 2PM REGULAR Member meeting ; PROGRAM: 'SHOW AND TELL' , MEMBERS PLEASE BRING A SPECIAL ITEM AND SHOW AND TELL US + 'Q AND A' . Masks and social distancing will be in effect. Directions: From 1-10, exit #38(Cowan/Lorraine rd), south to Pass Rd., Left to 2nd light, right onto Ford(behind gas station). We will also discuss Gulfpex 2021 plans."
February -- A Month Filled With Holidays
Purim marks the Jewish people’s deliverance from a royal death decree around the fourth century BCE, as told in the Book of Esther. Many Jewish Americans celebrate Purim on the 14th day of the month of Adar in the Jewish calendar, which is in February or March in the Gregorian calendar.
What is Candlemas? “The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple”. Candlemas is a Christian holiday occuring annually on February 2 commemorating the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple when he was a baby. It occurs 40 days (inclusively) after Christmas Day. In some churches it is celebrated on a nearby Sunday. The term "Candlemas" (meaning Candle Mass) refers to the practice of the blessing of candles by the priest during a church service ("mass") for use during the year in church and in the homes of the faithful. Candlemas commemorates the ritual purification of Mary, 40 days after the birth of her son Jesus.
While in many countries Christmas decorations are traditionally removed on Twelfth Night (January 5, also known as Epiphany Eve), for other countries it is customary to remove them on Candlemas. Its roots are found in the Biblical passage of Luke 2:22-40.
The festival is called Candlemas because this was the day that all the Church's candles for the year were blessed. On Candlemas night, many people place lighted candles in their windows at home.
Like some other Christian festivals, Candlemas draws some of its elements from Paganism. In pre-Christian times, it was the festival of light. This ancient festival marked the mid point of winter, half way between the winter solstice (shortest day) and the spring equinox.
Some people lit candles to scare away evil spirits on the dark winter nights. People believed that Candlemas predicted the weather for the rest of the winter.
"If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter won't come again."
For some people, different superstitions surround this festival. For instance, if a candle drips on one side when carried in church on Candlemas, this denotes a death of a family member during the year.
If someone brings snowdrops into the house on Candlemas day it symbolizes a parting or death.
Any Christmas decorations not taken down by Twelfth Night (January 5th) should be left up until Candlemas Day and then taken down.
Candlemas is a public holiday in Liechtenstein and is always celebrated on 2 February.
Candlemas used to be a national holiday in Scotland
As early February is the mid-point between winter solstice and the spring solstice, this time of the year was an important time to mark the coming of Spring and celebrating the increasing light.
The ancient Romans observed a mid-season festival on 5 February, and the pagan Irish celebrated one around 1 February. In many parts of Europe, an early February might herald the start of spring, when crops could be planted, so any way of predicting the weather at this time of year was popular. Early Christians had a tradition that if it was sunny on Candlemas, winter would last for six weeks more.
In Germany, there was a custom where the remaining amount of cold weather was determined by whether a badger would leave its set on Candlemas. This tradition continues today, but you might know it as Groundhog Day, a US tradition brought from Germany that predicts how much of Winter is left based on a Groundhog seeing its shadow on 2 February (silly woodchuck).
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and treasures of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections -- Click below