19 October 2017

Happy Diwali

Greetings on Deepawali

Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous Deepawali !

16 October 2017

Hong Kong Shopping Street

 Date of Issue : 19 September 2017

Hong Kong Post  issued of a set of special stamps on the theme "Hong Kong Shopping Streets", together with associated philatelic products, on September 19,2017.

     Lauded as a shopping paradise, Hong Kong is home to many distinctively themed shopping streets. This set of six stamps on "Hong Kong Shopping Streets" issued by Hongkong Post is an introduction to some of these shopping spots with their quintessentially local flavours. A visit to these shopping streets is both a treasure hunt and a journey into their unique local history and culture.

     In Mong Kok, shops in the Goldfish Market (denomination of $1.70) are festooned with different kinds of fish contained in plastic bags hanging in rows, while those in the Flower Market (denomination of $3.70) are filled with a wide array of products including fresh local flowers, many of which are from countries around the world, as well as artificial flowers and potted plants. Chinese Medicine Street (denomination of $2.20) in Sheung Wan is over a century old and remains a major Chinese herbal medicine wholesale centre in Hong Kong. In Yau Ma Tei, the Jade Market (denomination of $2.90) houses hundreds of jade stalls offering a rich variety of merchandise in all price ranges, while the wholesalers in Kitchenware Street (denomination of $3.10) sell all manner of kitchen utensils ranging from tableware, cutlery, pots, pans and baking tools to bamboo steamers for dim sum and iron moulds for Hong Kong-style egg waffles. Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market (denomination of $5) is the major wholesale fruit market in Hong Kong and has been accorded Grade 2 Historic Building status.

     To echo the stamp theme, the borders of the stamp sheets are embellished by patterns of products characteristic of these shopping streets.

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Macau 2018

MACAO 2018, 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition 

Anil Suri has been appointed as National Commissioner for India of the MACAO 2018, 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition to be held from September 21 to 24, 2018 in Macao, Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

The Asian International Stamp Exhibition is a continental philatelic exhibition established by Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) aiming to develop the philately industry in Asia and Australia region. The first such exhibition was held in Bangalore, India, in 1977.

It is the first time that the exhibition held in Macao. Philatelists from 32 FIAP member nations will display their collections and join the philatelic contest. The overseas postal administrations and philatelic dealers will participate in this event and hold sales booths. During the exhibition period, there are theme day, philatelists’ seminars, stamp designer autograph sessions and family workshops, etc.

MACAO 2018, being a specialized exhibition, the participation is open only in the following exhibition Classes: FIAP Championship, Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Thematic, Youth, One Frame, Literature and Modern Philately only. However, the one frame exhibits of Aerophilately, Astrophilately, Maximaphily, and Revenues can also participate in One Frame class.

The participation fee for Competitive Classes (except Youth Philately, Literature and One Frame) will be USD80 per frame. The fee for participation in Literature is USD80 per exhibit. The fee for participation in One Frame is USD100 per exhibit. There is no participation fee for Youth Philately Class.

The Exhibit Application forms and the detailed rules of exhibition (IREX) are available for download at http://www.macao2018.org.mo/eng/home.html#
The duly filled Forms along with a copy of the first page of the exhibit should be submitted to Anil Suri, Khushal Villa, E-70, Kalkaji, New Delhi - 110 019 by December 31, 2017.

Anil Suri may be contacted by email anilksuri@email.com and mobile +919811176908 for any further information on MACAO 2018.

Source : Stamps of India


14 October 2017

New Stamp from India - Nana ji Deshmukh

Nanaji Deshmukh

Date of Issue : 11 October 2017

India Post released a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh on 11 October 2017.

Image Source : Stamps of India

New Special Cover

World Animal Day
4 October 2017, Bangalore

Special Cover on World Animal Day was brought out by CUPA on October 4th 2017 in Bengaluru.The mission of World Animal Day is "To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe."

Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), founded by Miss Crystal Rogers in 1991 was built on a formidable mission to make the world a better place for all animals. We are delighted to mark this occasion, which is celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology, via release of the exclusive World Animal Day 2017 special covers. Through increased awareness, education and participation, we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and the undeniable respect and balance in the human-animal relationship.
Learn more about CUPA on www.cupabangalore.org

- Suresh.R, Bengaluru

12 October 2017

New Stamp from India - Rapid Action Force

Rapid Action Force 

Date of Issue : 7 October 2017

On 7th October,2017: A commemorative postage stamp on RAPID ACTION FORCE  was issued by India Post.

Stamp Design Competition : Children's Day 2017 by India Post

12 October - National Philately Day

12 October is celebrated as Philately Day by India Post. Stamp exhibitions and other philatelic activities are organized by Deptt of Post on this day.

Philately Day Celebrated on Gorakhpur (UP)

Photo Courtesy : Ashwani Dubey, Gorakhpur

Philately Day in  Philatelic Bureau GPO Lucknow

Photo Courtesy : Ramesh Chandra Prajapati, Lucknow

Philately Day in Mumbai

Photo Courtesy : Surendra Kotadia, Mumbai

11 October 2017

Pure Silver Stamp from Post NL

PostNL honours Dirk Kuyt with silver postage stamp

Date of Issue : 21 September 2017

Pure Silver postage stamp issued by Netherlands Post on 21st September 2017 to honour famous Dutch Footballer, Dirk Kuyt .The postage stamp has the ‘Registered Mail’ designation, and may therefore be used to send letters as registered mail.

PostNL has commissioned the Royal Dutch Mint to manufacture the postage stamp, which is made from pure silver. The stamp, in a deluxe storage box, is available for €25 via www.postnl.nl/kuijt. The stamp will be produced in a limited run of 2,500 copies. 

Stephan van den Eijnden, PostNL’s Mail Netherlands Commercial Director, praises Kuyt: “He’s a multifaceted top footballer. A sporting superstar who reached the pinnacle of his career, but also a family man, a networker and a natural leader. I’m happy that we’re able to honour him with this special stamp.”

10 October 2017

Philatelic Seminar during INPEX 2017

Philatelic Seminar by Royal Philatelic Society London
2nd December 2017, Mumbai

Seminar by The India Study Circle for Philately
30 November - 4 December 2017, Mumbai

09 October 2017

World Post Day

9 October - World Post Day

World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October. The event was declared by the 1969 Universal Postal Congress in Tokyo as a means to mark the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union's (UPU) creation in 1874.
The purpose of World Post Day is to bring awareness to the Post's role in the everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development.

Special Cover released in Trivandrum on World Post Day

Courtesy : Sreejesh Krishnan, Trivandrum

India Post released sets of 5 commemorative postcards, 5 commemorative inland letters and 5 commemorative envelopes with images of Postal Heritage Buildings - Delhi GPO, Mumbai GPO, Shimala GPO, Kolkata GPO, and Patana GPO on the occasion of World Post Day.

New Commemorative Inland letter card

New Commemorative  Inland Letter Card featuring, Shimla GPO motiff,  issued today on 9th October, 2017.

Courtesy : Vinod Sabharwal, New Delhi

08 October 2017

Jewish customs and traditions

Date of Issue : 12 September 2017

Here is a beautiful set of stamps issued by Israel Post on 12 September 2017 .The holidays celebrated in the Hebrew month of Tishrei are among the most important of the entire Jewish year. This stamp series presents three of the special customs associated with this festive period, emphasizing customs that are carried out in the dark. 

Selichot Prayers

In Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the Days of Judgment, when people's actions are examined and their fates for the next year are determined. Jews are required to scrutinize themselves as these festivals approach, to mend their ways and ask forgiveness for their sins. Over the years, a set of special prayers called Selichot has been compiled, and are recited during the days leading up to the Days of Judgment. Selichot prayers are recited for the last time on the night before Yom Kippur Eve, but begin at different times based on different ethnic traditions. Sephardim and Yemenite Jews begin reciting Selichot prayers on the first day of the month of Elul, while Ashkenazim begin a week before Rosh Hashanah. Selichot prayers are traditionally recited in the hours of darkness after midnight. In the past, a synagogue official would walk around the town to awaken congregants when it was time to recite the Selichot, knocking on windows and calling out loudly: Get up to recite Selichot!

Building a Sukkah

During the seven days of the Sukkot festival, religious Jews move most of their activities from their homes to a temporary structure called a Sukkah, where they eat all their meals and even sleep at night. This serves as a reminder of the way Jews lived during the exodus from Egypt. There are many rules that define how the Sukkah must be built and how it should be covered with branches so that it remains a temporary structure, as required in order to perform the mitzvah. It is customary for all members of the family to participate in building and decorating the Sukkah. Traditionally, building the Sukkah begins at night after the end of Yom Kippur, as the start of a first mitzvah immediately after atoning for sins of the previous year. 

Second Hakafot

Shemini Atzeret, also known as Simchat Torah, is celebrated at the end of the seven days of Sukkot and marks the last day of the annual cycle of reading the Torah. On the eve and on the morning of this festival it is customary in synagogues to take the Torah scrolls out of the Ark and to carry them around the platform at least seven times. The whole congregation participates in these Hakafot (encirclements), singing and dancing with the Torahs. In the evening at the end of Simchat Torah additional Hakafot take place outside the synagogue, with music and an even larger crowd of participants. These Second Hakafot are mentioned among the customs of Isaac Luria (known as Ha'Ari Hakadosh) in Safed in the 16th century and from there they spread among the communities in Eretz Israel. In 1940 Rabbi Frankel, the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, turned the Second Hakafot into a popular tradition conducted outside many synagogues. 

Special Cover - St. Philomena College - Puttur

 St. Philomena College - Puttur : 21 September 2017

St Philomena College, Puttur, a premier educational institution of Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in the year 2017-18. The college is a co-education centre and an institution of excellence which has brought a paradigm shift in the domain of higher education in the region. It has also significantly contributed to the society. Its alumni have carved a niche for themselves through their hard work. innovation and excellence at state / national/international levels. The Diamond Jubilee celebration would showcase the 60 glorious years of the college's service to the society through imparting quality education. This special cover (KTK/72/2017) is released to mark its Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
-Suresh.R, Bengaluru

07 October 2017

New Special Covers

PUNEPEX 2017 : 85 Years of Modern Education Society,  Pune

PUNEPEX 2017 : Lohgad Fort, Pune - 17 Sep 2017

First Post Office Sewa Kendra, Punjab
13 August 2017

PDCC Bank, Pune - 10 Sep 2017

 GRANFDEUR 3232, Chennai - 20 August 2017

Friends of Tribal Society , Kolkata -13 August 2017

Kolkata Reserve Bank Emplyee Co-operative Credit Society Ltd. - 24 August 2017

-Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum

06 October 2017

New stamp for Fruit lovers !

Date of Issue : 7 September 2017

Here is a new unique stamp issued by Swiss Post featuring special fruit of Switzerland, Quince. The quince is Switzerland’s Fruit of the Year 2017. The miniature sheet features the refreshing colour and shape of this fruit as well as its sensuous aromas: the fruit on the sheet is treated with a special varnish which releases the aroma when touched. 

FRUCTUS has designated a fruit of the year each year since 2008. The charitable organization was established in 1985 as a nationwide association in Switzerland to promote a gene bank for all fruit varieties and standard orchards.

The name quince derives from the Latin “malum Cydonium”, or Cydonian apple; however, a connection to Cydonia on the island of Crete has not been proven. 

Quince is a stone fruit. While only a few foreign varieties can be eaten raw, the quinces found in Switzerland are known for their heady, fragrant scent and the delicacies that can be prepared from them. 

02 October 2017

Tributes to Father of Nation

2 October -   International Day of Non-Violence 

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti.

Philatelic Tributes to great leaders of India

2nd October is also the birth anniversary of India's second Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. 

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