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Written by: Rhiannon S. Cox
Published: February 11, 2022
Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Returns In 2022
While the pandemic had forced a cancellation in 2021, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is back for its 67th year at the Tucson Convention Center from February 11 to February 13! Including 200 vendors from 25 countries, Tucson’s Gem and Mineral Show is one of the biggest in the world. This year’s theme is “The Show That Glows”, and will feature an exclusive fluorescent mineral pavilion.
In addition to vendors, there will also be lectures, giveaways, and auctions for attendants to visit. Events for kids will also be available, with the University of Arizona’s Society of Earth Science Students providing workshops for younger visitors to learn about the minerals on display. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show will run this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Sunday from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Tucson Convention Center.
Written by: Zoe Monte
Published: February 11, 2022
The History of Valentine's Day
It is that time of year again: Valentine's day! Candy, chocolate, roses, and expensive
dinners are exchanged between lovers and friends. Regardless of how much you spend in
the end, we owe it all to St. Valentine. The day draws roots from both Christian and ancient
Roman roots. In the 3rd century BCE, Lupercalia was a pagan holiday celebrated at the ides
of February and was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the god of agriculture. As
Catholicism progressed, the holiday transformed over time. Inspired by St.Valentine and his
beheading on that date in the third century the Catholic church created a new holiday. Don’t
worry, Valentine did it in the name of love supposedly for breaking a Roman ban on marriage.
The story does not end there, St.Valentine’s body is fragmented across Europe. Today in
Dublin, you can supposedly view St.Valentine’s heart. In a Rome basilica (a long town forum)
you can view his skull. A Prague basilica houses a shoulder bone of Valentine’s. And finally
(and honestly most shockingly) you could view his skeleton in a golden box. In total, a dozen
Catholic churches in Europe focus heavily on their ownership and tourist attraction of this
Saint. Are they real? It is unclear. In 1969, St.Valentine was erased from the General Roman
Calendar due to the scarcity of reliable facts of his life. Whoever’s bones it is, it is still a sight
For more information on the above stories look to the resources below:
“Comparative Cultural Studies Comparative Literature Media Studies Digital Humanities: Vol 18: ISS 1.” Comparative Cultural Studies Comparative Literature Media Studies Digital Humanities | Vol 18 | Iss 1, https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb/vol18/iss1/.
“History of Valentine's Day.” History.com, amp;E Television Networks, https://www.history.com/.amp/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2
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