Belarus Folk Holidays and Celebrations

Newsletter # 04 (330) February 23, 2009
On March 1, 2009 the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus will issue a souvenir sheet Belarus folk holidays and celebrations prepared by the Publishing Centre Marka of the EUR Belpochta.
Designer: Anna Romanovskaya. Printing: offset. Colour: multicoloured. Paper: chalk-surfaced, gummed. Perforation: comb 13¾: 13½. Souvenir sheet composition: 4 stamps & 4 coupons (4x2). Size of the stamps in the souvenir sheet: 26x37 mm. Size of the souvenir sheet: 122x93 mm. Print quantity: 20.000 souvenir sheets.
There are elements of protection on the stamps.
Historical reference.
Kaliady is the main winter holiday connected with the day of winter solstice. It was celebrated from the 7th till the 19th of January and later was adopted for Christmas celebration by the Christian Church.
Spring greeting is an ancient heathen ceremony opening the cycle of celebrations designed to awake mother Earth from the winter sleep. In different regions the celebration began in different days from Shrovetide till Easter.
Kupalle is an ancient ceremony festival timed to summer solstice when the lands fertility is reaching its biggest power. Following the introduction of Christianity Kupalle was timed to the Nativity of St John the Baptist and now it is celebrated in the night from July 6 to July 7.
Dazhynki is an ancient Belarusian holiday dedicated to harvesting. Traditionally it was celebrated on the last day of rye reaping.
 
 
 
 
 
No. 775
Kaliady
 
500 BYR
 
 
 
 
 
No. 778
Dazhynki
 
500 BYR
 
Souvenir sheet No. 64
 
 
 
 
 
No. 776
Spring greeting
 
500 BYR
 
 
 
 
 
No. 777
Kupalle
 
500 BYR
 
A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the Main Post Office of Minsk on the souvenir sheet issuing day.

Colour of the postmark — black.
Special postmark and FDC
designed by A. Romanovskaya.

 # 03 (329) 03.02.2009 | Postage stamps of 2009 # 06 (332) 11.03.2009

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