17 February 2017

The celebration of love.....

Date of Issue : 3 February 2017

Here is a beautiful stamp issued by Croatia Post for Valentine's Day depicting the real meaning of love.

The celebration of love, not just infatuation!!!

The famous Plato once wrote: 'At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.' Love is probably the topic on which verses and lofty words were written more than on any other topic. As an inexhaustible source of inspiration, love has moved the world from ancient times until today, so it is not surprising it is the only emotion which deserved to have - its own day!

At the present time, when Valentine's Day has become too commercialized and when the amount of gifts we send to one another is being measured, it is worth recalling the legend of how this holiday was actually created and what is its deep meaning.

There is a legend that says that in the 3rd century, in the era of the ancient Roman Empire, a wise and virtuous priest named Valentine lived in Rome. At the time Emperor Claudius forbade Roman soldiers to get married, believing that their family would be a distraction at the battlefield, but Valentine had disobeyed his command and secretly wedded many couples, risking his life. At the end, because of his protection of love (and lovers) he was caught and executed on the day of February 14th. Later on Valentine was canonized, and February 14th  was declared as the day of Saint Valentine, and the day of lovers. This version of the legend of Valentine is most widespread, but there is a legend that says that Valentine worked in his garden when he didn't serve Mass. One day a girl asked him to give her a rose for a sick friend. After a few days she had come back and told him that the boy was overjoyed with the given rose and asked him for another. Then Valentine decided to visit the poor, the sick and the lonely, and make them happy by giving them roses and other small things. It is believed that exactly because of his kindness to others he was later canonized.

Perhaps more than ever, in these days when most feelings, even love as the most sublime of all, are measured by material things, it is worth to think about the sacrifice of St. Valentine and ask what is a true love is and why we should celebrate it every day,  and not just one day a  year. Therefore, celebrating Valentine's Day we should really celebrate love – for the person we are in love with, but also for our parents, children, dear friends and everyone we carry deep in our heart !

16 February 2017

New stamps from India

Headgears of India

Date of Issue : 10 February 2017

India Post issued a set of 16 special stamps in the denomination of Rs 10 each and a Miniature Sheet featuring the Headgears of India  on February 10, 2017

The Poona Horse

Date of Issue : 11 February 2017

India Post issued a stamp on  'Poona Horse Regiment of Indian Army' on 11 February 2017.

Ramjas College

Date of Issue : 13 February 2017

India Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate the centenary of Ramjas College, in the denomination of Rs 5, on February 13, 2017 .

14 February 2017

Greetings on Valentine's Day

Love safely kept in a box.....

Date of Issue : 27 January 2017

14th February is celebrated as Valentine's Day all over the world. Slovenia Post issued a beautiful stamp to commemorate this very special day .

Over the centuries people in Slovenia have traditionally used at least three different types of chest. Large ones were used to store clothes and various valuable items. The most numerous kind were those used to store grain, and also dried fruit or beans. The third type consists of small chests, frequently also mere boxes or caskets, made of wood and other materials, that people used to store little items of value, gifts, letters and photographs.

These small chests are still widely used today. People use them to store special gifts that often represent the tangible manifestation of a romantic relationship, or even simply the memory of a love story. A first love letter, a chain, a ring, a pendant... All these items find a home in a vast variety of little boxes and caskets, where they represent, for their owners, the most intimate ties to specific individuals, memories of a special person, events, encounters, special days, personal celebrations or important milestones in their life. Such chests or boxes are often carefully stored and, together with the items they contain, afford us a genuine experience of memories of people, events and expressions of love.

Special Cover on Jainism theme

Anniversary of Jain religious institution Roop Rajat Vihar

Photo courtesy- KK Yadav

On the occasion of anniversary of Jain religious institution Roop Rajat Vihar, a special cover was released on 11th February 2017 at Marwar Junction (Rajasthan) in the holy presence of Pujya Roop Chand Ji Maharaj Sa. Shri Krishna Kumar Yadav Director Postal Services Jodhpur,  Srinivas Bidri, Income Tax Commissioner Surat, Shri Kesaram Chaudhary MLA were guests of the release function of special cover and special cancellation. Jainism Philately Group member Shri Mahaveer Kundur Hubli was instrumental in release of this special cover. 

- Sudhir Jain, Satna 

Permanent My Stamp counter inaugurated at Satna Head Post Office 

Mr. Sudhir Jain, Governing Council member Philatelic Congress of India inaugurated permanent My Stamp counter at Satna Head Post Office on 11th February 2017. Mr. A. K. Jain,  Superintendent Post Offices, Rewa Division presided the function. Large number of Philatelists and citizens attended the function.

13 February 2017

New pictorial postmark on wildlife from Germany

New postmark, stationery(postcard),personalized stamp and four Special Cards on bird from Germany
On March 25th 2017  a pictorial postmark will be available  in 98617 NEUBRUNN.
In addition  one stationery(postcard),one personalized stamp and four Special covers will be available during a philatelic exhibition in Neubrunn on same day.

All philatelic items are featuring the Tawny Owl (Strix  aluco). It´s the bird of the year 2017 in Germany.
Neubrunn is located in the rural region  Rhön in Germany.

- Wolfgang Beyer,Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie &
Matthias Reichel, Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group Meiningen.

10 February 2017

World Day of the Sick

Date of Issue : 11 February 2017

February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. Polish Post  will issue a commemorative stamp on 11th February to mark this special day.

Pope John Paul II initiated the day in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. The Pope himself had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s a year before, in 1991, and it is considered that his own illness was impetus for his designation of the day.
World Day of the Sick was first observed on February 11, 1993. February 11 is also the Catholic Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which a name is given to the Virgin Mary in honor of the apparitions that were said to have been seen in and around Lourdes, France, by a young girl called Bernadette Soubirous. The Church canonized Bernadette as a saint several years later.

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