Happy Memorial Day (U.S.A.)

It is Memorial Day back in the United States, a day for remembering and honoring the people who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces observed on the last Monday of May. It is also considered the unofficial start of the summer vacation season in the United States, while Labor Day marks its end on…

Happy Vesaka Bucha (วิสาขบูชา) Day

Over the next several days (between May 18 and May 20), many Buddhists are participating in ceremonies for one of the most important dates on the calendar. Vesak commemorates the birth, enlightenment (Buddhahood), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition. It is also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima and…

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. I had originally planned to write about it for today’s entry on A Stamp A Day.  However, I found that I don’t have a single stamp in my collection marking this annual special day. I do have several that commemorated International Women’s Year in 1975 (including the United States and…

Happy Chinese New Year (春节) 2019

Happy Chinese New Year! Thailand, and particularly places like Phuket where I live, has a very large Thai-Chinese population stemming from migrations in the late 19th century who arrived to work in the tin mines. My tiny lane just to the north of the historical district of the provincial capital has several Chinese clan shrines…

World Stamp Day / International Letter Writing Week

October 9 is World Post Day, commemorating the date in 1874 that the Universal Postal Union was established. The week surrounding this date is also marked as International Letter Writing Week. My A STAMP A DAY blog has several articles about the Universal Postal Union and the commemorations of it, most extensive are those that appeared on…

Celebrating National Stamp Collecting Month

Although I have lived in southern Thailand with its myriad of Royal and Buddhist holidays for going on 14 years now, there are a few American observances that I steadfastly cling to such as Independence Day and Thanksgiving (school is always in session during Christmas and the weather is so hot that I try to…

October Is National Stamp Collecting Month

NOTE: This article also appears, virtually the same, on Asian Meanderings — my main blog about my life in Thailand. Since 1981, the month of October has been celebrated as National Stamp Collecting Month in the United States and Canada. November is National Stamp Collecting Month in the Philippines. I began collecting stamps around the age…

It’s National Stamp Collecting Month!

NOTE: This article originally appeared in a slightly different form on my “other” stamp blog, A Stamp A Day. October is my favorite month, Here in Thailand, the long monsoon season is just coming to an end and I usually refer to the month as one of black and white: the nine-day Vegetarian Festival (thetsakan…

Bonne Fête Nationale Belge

Today is Belgian National Day.  I couldn’t get a Flemish translation of that so I used French in this post’s title; it’s called Nationale feestdag van België in Dutch and Belgischer Nationalfeiertag in German.  It commemorates the anniversary of the date in 1831 that Leopold I of Saxe-Coburg swore allegiance to the new constitution of Belgium as…

Bonne Fête Nationale Française!

The 14th of July is annually celebrated as French National Day, also known as Bastille Day.  In France, it is known as National Day (fête nationale) or, more commonly, le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July), commemorating the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789.  The Bastille was a medieval fortress and in the center of…