16 May 2014

International Day of Families



Date of Issue : 15 May 2014

Here are four nice stamps with a souvenir sheet issued by Hong Kong  on International  Day of Families which is celebrated on 15th May every year.

The family is the mainstay of society. Since the 1980s, there has been growing attention placed on family issues. The United Nations proclaimed 1994 as the International Year of the Family, and has chosen 15 May of every year as the International Day of Families, with a view to promoting the awareness of issues relating to families within the international community. As this year marks the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family, Hong Kong Post issues a set of special stamps on the International Day of Families to advocate the importance of upholding family values. Using a hand motif and featuring different images of hands, this set of four stamps presents the core values of a family: filial piety, love, harmony and care.

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Souvenir sheet and special Cancellation

$1.70 ─Filial piety is a prime virtue and among the core values in family ethics. It can be manifested in the respect and care we show for our parents and elders. Depicting the hand of a younger person resting on the back of the hand of an aged family member, the stamp conveys the notion of filial piety.


Fist Day Cover

$2.90 ─Love is what bonds the family. Mutual support, understanding, tolerance and acceptance among family members help to maintain harmonious family relations. The stamp shows two family members hand in hand, bonded by love.

$3.70 ─ Spending more time together helps to improve communication in a family and promotes harmony. The stamp portrays a blissful moment when family members put their hands together in a game.

$5 ─ Show your family members that you care for them. Take the initiative to ask how they are. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand them. All of these can help to bring the family closer. The stamp illustrates a child holding the hand of a family member, expressing warmth and tender loving care. With its backdrop of a blue sky and a green lawn, the simple design of the souvenir sheet carries profound meanings. Four stamps are set within the house in the centre to imply that a happy, loving family can be built through filial piety, love, harmony and care.

Club News

New pictorial cancellation from Germany


On June 22th 2014 a new pictorial cancellation will be issued in 32760 DETMOLD. The cancellation is featuring a flying bird of prey . Interested philatelists may please contact: Wolfgang Beyer,Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE. Mail: Wolfgang.beyer1@aol.de . Postage rates: 0,75 Euro AIRMAIL, 2,90 Euro registered AIRMAIL.

Courtesy :    Wolfgang Beyer & Wolfgang Hoelzl – Germany

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