The History of Valentine's Day

Every February, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this day? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

The Festivity of* Mar Maron …..

Brad... Birth place of Maronite Church in the World

 

In the Festivity of Mar Maron in the ninth of February, life was born again among the ruins of Brad, a village located north west of Aleppo.

Who is Mar Maron? Mar Maron is the father of the Maronites. He lived in Brad between 370 and 423 AD, devoted himself for worship in a place three kilometers south of the village of Brad.

In his book Theoroditus, Bishop of Qrosen 393-459 AD, the only biographer of Mar Maron, described Maron in his book "Chosen by God" and a great teacher, who started hermitic traditions in the open air. He built a cottage on the ruins of a Roman temple and devoted it as an altar.

Damascene swords

We can't mention Arab swords and ignore the Damascene sword which was the secret of many heroic actions of Arab fighters. The sword was not a tool of pride only, but it was a tool of war and a symbol of dignity, technical creation, and proficiency of metal smith.

The reputation of Damascus as a producer of fine swords likely came, not only from producing these blades, but also from the fact that the city was the centre of the sword trade in the Middle East - dealing in swords from as far as Persia, India and Yemen.

Castle Of Najm

an Important Castle in the Levant

Always Linked With Munboj Bridge

Since old times Arab people built castles and forts, but when the Arab nation established a large empire during the periods of the Umayyad and Abbassid Dynasties, the strength of the empire deterred enemies, so no ruler felt the need for defensive fortifications until the Crusades began in the 11th.century AD, when many castles were built to protect the main roads and important strategic points.

The 8th Tourist Investment Market Forum kicked off

On December 16th, 2015, the Ministry of Tourism opened the 8th Tourist Investment Market Forum under the motto “A Pioneering Investment for a Promising Future”.

 Dozens of governmental officials, businessmen and tourist investors participated in the Forum, which presents 47 investment projects in the provinces of Damascus, Damascus Rural, Queneitra, Sweida, Homs, Hama, Lattakia and Tartous.

Minister of Tourism Bishr Yazaji said in a speech at the opening ceremony: