I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, but this is today's Sunday Stamps-II theme. Therefore a good chance to show these stamps from Turkey (they arrived from the Netherlands, though).
And when I was writing this post I received more hearts, from the USA:
Not celebrate Valentine's Day??? Irrespective of its origin's association with a Saint (which does't do much for me) I 'love' Valentine's Day. An opportunity to tell one's beloved how much they mean to one - not by extravagent presents (some flowers, a bottle of wine and a chocolate bar were all Jo got from me) but with words on a card. I don't rely on the card itself but write my own appreciative note inside. I'm sorry you don't celebrate it but accept that we are all subject to different views and different cultural heritage's ....ReplyDelete
Valentine's Day is completely alien to my cultural heritage, yes. When I was a teen it was mostly unknown in my country. In the recent years (two decades?) it has become more and more fashionable, due to commercial interests. There are some people who celebrate that, as a "excuse" to buy a present or a romantic dinner, but most people don't.Delete
Why are you sorry? I'm not sorry that you don't celebrate the traditional festivals in my country... I think it's absolutely normal, isn't it?
And of course it doesn't mean I dislike Saint Valentine's or its meaning. In fact, I think it's beautiful, like most celebrations, and especially celebrations of love and friendship. I love to learn about other cultures. But celebrating it myself sounds as odd as celebrating the Thanksgiving, or the Chinese New Year, or the Eid al Kabir or the Hanukkah...
Great selection. The Turkish stamps are really interesting, and thanks for the extra links. The heart shaped stamp reminds me off the french heart shaped ones.ReplyDelete
I also thought of those French stamps. I have received just one of them, or maybe two.Delete
I like how you can choose to have the whole stamp or tear it into a heart shape of the first stamp. In vague connection with your discussion in the comments the white lilly it shows in my country would be traditionally used for funerals rather than a romantic symbol. Nice, and more interesting, to have different traditions.ReplyDelete
I must say that it would be a difficult choice, between the whole stamp or the heart!Delete
I like learning about traditions through the stamps :)
We have abandoned Valentine's Day for many years now. The problem I have with them is so many have become too commercialised and are imported from country to country.. Like the idea behind the Turkish stamps - if only I could post a heart 'made' by my hands.ReplyDelete
I think these Turkish stamps are for promoting tourism, but still they seem a good idea to me.Delete
I have received the Turkish stamp too, on a Postcrossing card.ReplyDelete
In fact, these were received "inside" a letter. They are second-hand... but I love them!Delete
You have provided a lovely selection of hearts!(I purposely made the theme vaguely valentine-ish, so am pleased you ran with the variety of hearts!) I've seen one of those Turkish tourism stamps, so it's neat to see the rest. And I especially like the first one.ReplyDelete
Thanks. Hearts are a good theme for stamps, perfect to write to people you love :DDelete
I think I have one of those Turkey series.They are really nice.ReplyDelete
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Sunday Stamp: Heart
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