Date of Issue : 30 October 2015
I am back after Deepawali vacations. Diwali is the biggest one week festival of North India and during this festival people are in festive mood all around with family and friends. This is the reason I could not write any post for the last one week.
Now once again a month long global festive celebration of of Christmas and New Year is going to start . Here are new philatelic issues on Christmas to delight stamp collectors all over the world.
Christmas stamps from Christmas Islands
This year‘s Christmas Island Christmas stamp issue has taken a humorous approach to linking the festive theme to the island’s name.
Located in the Indian Ocean some 2,600 kilometres northwest of Perth, Christmas Island is the sole peak of an underwater mountain range rising above the ocean’s surface.
The island came under Australian control in 1958, but Australia Post has produced its stamps only since 1993. Over recent years, the Christmas Island Christmas issue has taken a humorous approach to linking the festive theme to the island’s name.
Stamp and coin cover
Red Crabs (Gecarcoidea natalis) are a familiar sight on Christmas Island, and they make a strong appearance in this Christmas stamp issue. Like dexterous circus performers mimicking a human pyramid, they stack themselves into a Christmas tree in the island’s forested interior. Atop the crab-tree an Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica natalis) is poised, with a string of tinsel in its beak.
In the other stamp, the comical Red Crabs hail the presence of a tropical, if not also oxymoronic, snowman – the northern hemisphere symbol having been transported to the isle in the sunny south.
'Republic Day 2016' Stamp Design Competition
Department of Posts is holding Stamp design competition for Republic Day 2016 and the theme of the competition is “Vibrant India”.
Terms and Conditions to participate in “Republic Day 2016 - Stamp Design Competition” are as follows:
- Entries are invited for ‘Republic Day 2016 - Stamp Design Competition’. The theme of the competition is “Vibrant India”. The participants are to make an original design on this subject (should not be copy of picture painted by someone else).
- Any citizen of India can participate in this contest. The design could be in ink, water, colour, oil colour or any other medium (Computer printed/ printout will not be allowed). The design submitted should be such that can be depicted on the stamps in a visually appealing manner so as to be of interest to philatelic collectors.
- Participants are free to use drawing paper, art paper or any other type of white paper of A4 size.
- The following particulars should be written legibly on the reverse of the design:
1. Name of the participant*
5. Full and complete residential address with Pin Code*
6. Phone/Mobile Number*
7. E-mail ID (if Available)
*It is compulsory to provide the information.
- An undertaking stating that ‘The artwork submitted is original and no copyright issues are involved’ should be sent along with the entry. In case of any legal dispute related to copyright issue, Department of Posts will not be liable for the same.
- The design should be sent through “Speed Post” only, in A4 size envelope. The participants should mention “Republic Day 2016-Stamp Design Contest”on the envelope in which the drawing is sent.
- Selected designs will be considered for use on stamps and other philatelic material. The Prize money will be as follows:
First Prize: Rs. 10,000
Second Prize: Rs. 6,000
Third Prize: Rs. 4,000
- The entries should reach on following address by 30.11.2015. The entries received after last date of receipt will not be entertained.
Room No. 108(B),
New Delhi – 110001