22 June 2011

New Stamps from Bhutan..



25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and  Japan (1986 – 2011)


Bhutan 2011 New issues Page - 1

Date of Issue : 28 May 2011

Here are some  stamps from Bhutan Post issued this year in the month of May and February. All these stamps are issued in Souvenir sheet form.  A variety of themes could be found on these two issues like Flora fauna,Bridges, Flags, Science and Technology,Tourism  and Lunar Year. 

Lunar Year of Rabbit

Bhutan 2011 New issues Page - 1

Date of Issue : 3 February 2011

: Pradip Jain- Patna

The Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Because of cyclical lunar dating, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. On the Chinese calendar, 2011 is Lunar Year 4709.On the Western calendar, the start of the New Year falls on Thursday, February 3, 2011 — The Year of the Rabbit. If you were born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, or 2011 - you were born under the sign of the rabbit.

Know more about history of Bhutan stamps

From our Readers…..

Private Stamp Booklets…

The   so called 'Booklets' in India, mostly of which are  prepared and printed by unauthorized private individuals, primarily to flatten their own purse, rather than promotion of philately in particular. The unsuspected collectors who buy these 'Trash' items and put them in their collections ultimately land up absolutely frustrated when they find their collections are downgraded mainly for inclusion of these undesirable items (of no postal connections or approval). Instead of being appreciated by the members of jury these poor collectors pay highly for no fault of them. For all practical purposes what these Booklets (or should I say, mere wrappers ?) are created for ? It is to be kept in mind that only valid and official postal items are acceptable in accredited philatelic shows. Only exceptions are perhaps, Patriotic cards and other items of historical value. The Patriotic cards which had gone through the mails are Postal History items and therefore, not only acceptable but highly desirable.

- Sekhar Chakrabarti, Kolkata

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