09 November 2016

Christmas stamps from Iceland

Date of Issue : 3 November 2016

Iceland Post has revived the old Christmas traditions with three special stamps that underline the importance of hand-knitting.The design of the FDC is so beautiful.

In former times in rural Iceland, people worked with great zeal to complete the work that had to be done before Christmas. Work on wool products took precedence over all other labour.

Hand-knitted garments meant that you had a balance at the merchant’s and the woollen products had to be finished in time for Christmas. It was important that everyone was well dressed when the Christmas celebrations came, and that no one fell victim to the Yule Cat, a mythical creature used to make sure people finished their chores before Christmas. “Everyone gets something nice, at least candles and cards”, according to a much-loved Christmas carol.

Nowadays it is customary to knit sweaters for Christmas with various patterns associated with the festivities. Two such motifs can be seen on the stamps, the star of Bethlehem and a Christmas candle. Sometimes knitted covers are made for Christmas decorations. These covers are often delicate and make for beautiful Christmas tree decorations.

Club News

Noted philatelist from Bareilly Shri Yogesh Kumar passed away on 3rd November 2016. He was President Elect of PCI and International Jury for several philatelic exhibitions. Our heartfelt condolences to all his family members.

Although there is an ancient Persian saying that death is a debt we all have to pay, Dinoo and I and our members were deeply distressed to learn of the sad and sudden demise of our President Elect Mr Yogesh Kumar. 

Kindly accept, on behalf of the organizations I represent and my family and myself, our sincere and heartfelt condolences and please convey the same to our members.
I knew Yogesh for more than forty years and thought of him as a gentleman philatelist; I was always impressed with his personality, his philatelic and other knowledge, his dedication to the hobby we both loved, his sincerity and courtesy. I also remember him as one of the first few philatelists to be the National Commissioner for India and the excellent work he did at FINLANDIA. It is unfortunate that the Almighty called him so abruptly when he was President Elect of the Philatelic Congress of India (the National Federation of India) and he would have been the President in a short time.

We should all be thankful to the Almighty for having given the opportunity of having known the dear departed for a long period of time.
The loss of a dear friend at any age is a great loss and we pray that the Almighty grants you and the organization the strength to bear this irreparable loss! 

May his soul rest in eternal peace!


It is with a sad heart I learned about dear Yogesh Ji s passing away .it is an irreparable loss to me personally and also to philatelic community. I share the grief of the family and pray for peace to the departed soul .

- Dr Sita Bhateja, Bangalore

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