The Armistice on 11 November 1918 which ended the First World War is commemorated in many different ways throughout the world. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The war officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on … Continue reading Honoring Those Who Served
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 the first Monday of September. I had planned to put … Continue reading Happy Memorial Day (U.S.A.)
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 Buddha Day and is traditionally observed by Buddhists and some … Continue reading Happy Vesaka Bucha (วิสาขบูชา) 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 Canada, neither of which have issued a stamp for International … Continue reading International Women’s Day
Happy Valentine’s Day or as it is known in Thailand, Wan Rak (“Day of Love”).
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 which have been setting off fireworks every hour since yesterday … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year (春节) 2019
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 this date in 2016 and one I published yesterday.
I have obtained a number of stamps over the years that specifically celebrate either International Letter Writing Week or World Post Day; many more in my collection mark the Universal Postal Union in some way (I have most of the 1949 omnibus for the UPU’s 75th anniversary, for example). I put together about 90 of my favorites for the slideshow below, titled by catalogue numbers (mostly Scott, but some of the newer stamps bear numbers from Michel, Stanley Gibbons, Thailand Post, and the UPU’s own World Numbering System..
Enjoy the stamps, write some letters (or postcards), and use the posts in your country!
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 avoid the holiday altogether unless I am called upon to wear the Santa Claus costume to the delight of kindergarteners).
My favorite American “celebration”, of course, remains National Stamp Collecting Month each October. It is a rather philatelic month elsewhere as well containing such stamp-related observances as International Letter-Writing Week, World Post Day and several nations’ Stamp Days. In years past, I have promoted the stampy nature of October with a beginning-of-the-month article here on Philatelic Pursuits and the creation of a banner used on my personal Facebook page. For 2018, estimated to be my 35th year as a collector, I plan to step things up a notch or two.
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 of nine years old; counting a few breaks for other … Continue reading October Is 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 gin jeh — เทศกาลกินเจ) sees everyone dressed entirely in white … Continue reading It’s National Stamp Collecting Month!
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 the first King of the Belgians. The king’s vow marked the … Continue reading Bonne Fête Nationale Belge
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 Paris. It contained just seven inmates at the time of its … Continue reading Bonne Fête Nationale Française!