20 June 2017

21 June - International Day of Yoga

21 June - International Day of Yoga

Date of Issue : 21 June 2017

On 21 June 2017, UNPA will issue a new special event sheet to commemorate the International Day of Yoga.
The United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word “yoga” derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

15 June 2017

New Special Cover

World Environment Day

A special Cover on World Environment Day  was issued by Uttrakhand Postal Circle on 5th June 2017.

13 June 2017

Sauna traditions : Aland - Finland Joint Issue

Date of Issue : 16 May 2017

A joint issue with Posti Finland, the first stamp shows a smoke sauna located at Ängösund in Lumparland. One of a series of stamps featuring Sauna traditions, the others being Sauna - Finland and a miniature sheet.

The second stamp features a typical set of sauna accessories in a sauna located in Parikkala, southern Karelia. One of a series of stamps featuring Sauna traditions, the others being Smoke sauna - Åland and a miniature sheet.

 Finnish sauna 

The Finnish sauna is a substantial part of Finnish culture. There are five million inhabitants and over three million saunas in Finland - an average of one per household.[1]For Finnish people the sauna is a place to relax with friends and family, and a place for physical and mental relaxation as well. Finns think of saunas not as a luxury, but as a necessity. Before of the rise of public health care and nursery facilities, almost all Finnish mothers gave birth in saunas.

10 June 2017

Stamps for sweet lovers - Traditional Portuguese desserts

Date of Issue : 16 May 2017

The history of Traditional Portuguese Desserts can be likened to a poem composed of words as simple as the ingredients used in the majority of recipes included in this  philatelic issue devoted to this sweet theme. These beautiful tempting stamps were issued by Portrugal Post on 16th May 2017.

 Water, eggs, sugar, milk and wheat  are a starting point for many creations, transforming, in the experienced hands of  pastry chefs, into sumptuous desserts, prodigious in shape, delicate in texture and surprising in flavour. Like the best poems of simple words, through the alchemy of cooking, be it a simple chemical interaction or beautiful divine inspiration, the bringing together of these ingredients results in exceptional desserts that do not allow us to forget the places they were created and the people who made them or with whom we savour them. They penetrate our beings and we are never again able to escape from the memory of how they tasted. Just like the most beautiful poems that cause us to over flow with emotion, traditional Portuguese desserts fill our hearts with sweetness transformed into happy feelings.

08 June 2017

Eid stamp from Canada Post

On 23rd May 2017, Canada Post  issued an Eid stamp that recognizes Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two of the most important festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and worldwide.

Eid al-Fitr 
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month in which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk – one of the most distinctive practices of Islam. Eid al-Fitr, or the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, falls on the first day of the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, Shawwal (around June 26, 2017, in Canada). The stamp is being issued a month ahead of Eid al-Fitr. On the day of Eid, many Muslims congregate in mosques or in open spaces, where they will perform a special ritual prayer prescribed for Eid. People dress in their finest clothes, decorate their homes with lights, give treats to children, and visit with friends and family.
Eid al-Adha
With Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, Muslims commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. The festival also marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest site in Islam. It falls on the tenth day of the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, Dhul Hijjah (around September 2, 2017, depending on when the new moon is seen). 
Like Eid al-Fitr, this celebration can include special ritual prayers, lavish meals, and visits with friends and family. It also includes gift-giving and acts of charity.
Design incorporates Islamic elements
The Arabic script on the stamp reads “Eid Mubarak,” which translates to “Have a happy Eid” or “Have a blessed Eid.” It appears under a pointed arch, which symbolizes the division between sacred and worldly space in Muslim culture. The stamp’s deep blues and warm gold and yellows, as well as its geometric pattern, are seen in Islamic architecture. The new moon atop the stamp signifies the start of Eid.

Centenary of Lions International

Lions International Celebrating its 100 years this year, French Post issued a stamp on 29th May to commemorate the centenary of Lions International .

Lions International 1917 - 2017

"You can not get well in your life if you do not start doing something for someone else. "Reflection made by Melvin Jones in 1917 in Chicago where he ran an insurance company. A member of one of the clubs that flourished in the city and whose members met to promote their own interests, he proposed to combine their skills and offer their availability in order to "serve Others". Thus is born this community which takes its name: LIONS, acronym of "Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's Safety" (Freedom and understanding are the safeguard of our nations).

Its motto, "Serve", earned it a UN appointment - of which it is an advisory member - the world's leading humanitarian organization. One hundred years later, 1,400,000 members cover 210 countries and regions on five continents. In France, 27,000 members in 1,200 clubs have four main objectives:

- Safeguarding the view with the creation of the white cane, schools of guide dogs, setting up screening for eye diseases and diabetes, as well as sound libraries.

- Actions aimed at youth in difficulty, which take the form of holiday centers, cultural and educational promotion, measles eradication, participation in the Telethon since the beginning.

- Preservation of the environment through tree planting, waste recovery and well construction in Africa.

- Finally, the fight against hunger with the collection of food for the Food Bank.A total of 1.5 million hours of "self-giving" and a € 20 million harvest are provided by the Lions de France annually.

In July 2017, Lions of the World will meet in Chicago to celebrate their centenary with the challenge of saving 100 million people worldwide during the year! A challenge within their reach.

05 June 2017

Special Covers on World Environment Day

 World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5'" June every year for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. In 1974 the first WED was held with the theme "Only One Earth". This day celebrates the natural environment and allows a global platform to raise awareness on the environmental issues worldwide, with plans to mitigate these issues as a global community.

The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated all over the world. From 1987, every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. This year it is Canada. The theme for 2017 is 'Connecting People to nature - in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator'.

This special cover is released by Department of Posts, India to mark World Environment Day [WED] 2017.

World Environment Day - Forest for Water

Forests and water nourish all forms of life. Forests bring rain and ensure sustained availability of fresh water. Karnataka Forest Department celebrates 2017 as "Forests for Water" year with public participation. The important initiatives include Vanamahotsava, conservation of watersheds and volunteer involvement.

- Suresh R. - Bangalore

World Environment Day

5th June is celebrated as World Environment Day every year. On this special occasion, a district level stamp exhibition was organized at Lucknow . A special cover was also released by Deptt of Posts.

Courtesy -  Dinesh Sharma - Lucknow

03 June 2017

Club News

Dear Readers

I am pleased to release June 2017 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available on following links :


http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.in/  ( Indian Readers)

http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.com/  (Overseas Readers)

Stamp Exhibition in Lucknow

5 June 2017- World Environment Day 

District Level Stamp Exhibition and Quiz at GPO Lucknow 
Organized by Chief Postmaster, GPO Lucknow. A special Cover will be released during the exhibition.

- Rameshchandra Prajapati, Lucknow

01 June 2017

New Stamps from India

Eminent Writers

Date of Issue : 31 May 2017

India Post issued  five stamps in Rs 10 denomination and a Miniature sheet commemorating   Eminent Writers of India  on 31st May 2017. The stamps feature Prof.  Balwant Gargi, Bhisham Sahni, Sh K V Puttappa,Pt. Srilal Sukla and Sh Krishan Chander.

31 May 2017

31 May - World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. WNTD is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the WHO, along with World Health DayWorld Blood Donor DayWorld Immunization WeekWorld Tuberculosis DayWorld Malaria DayWorld Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day.

An ashtray with a rose, Logo of the World No Tobacco Day of the WHO

28 May 2017

100 years of Lions Clubs International

Date of Issue : 19 May 2017

Austria Post issued a postage stamp on 19th May 2017, to celebrate 100 years of Lions Clubs International.Lions Clubs International is an international secular, non-political service organization founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. As of April 2015, it had over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world.Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, United States, the organization aims to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale.

 Lions Clubs International
In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.
After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objectives and a code of ethics were approved. And the rest is history. In 1920: Lions Clubs became international by chartering a club in Windsor, Canada. This year it is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

26 May 2017

Street art on stamps

Date of Issue : 16 May 2017

Street Art
In recent decades there has been an explosion of art practice in the urban environments. Street art describes public artistic expression that appears outside traditional art venues, such as galleries. 
Beginning as unsanctioned graffiti in the 1980s, street art has now evolved into a sophisticated range of practices, including stencil art, poster art, spray painting, yarn bombing and installation art. Australia has a particularly vibrant street art culture and this issue features four portraits by internationally respected artists painted in the streets of Melbourne and Adelaide.

$1 Mural by Adnate, Melbourne, 2014

Adnate’s large-scale works can be seen all over the world. Commissioned by the City of Melbourne, his 23-metre mural of an Indigenous boy was painted in Hosier Lane, Melbourne, in 2014.

$1 Portrait by Vans the Omega, Adelaide, 2015

Influential Adelaide-based artist Vans the Omega painted the vivid female portrait on a house in Railway Terrace, Adelaide, in 2015.

$1 Forever curious by Rone and Phibs, Melbourne, 2013

Australian artists Rone and Phibs collaborated on Forever curious, the expressive portrait of a woman in Rutledge Lane, Melbourne, in June 2013. As is the ephemeral nature of much street art, it was painted over with blue paint by another artist only two months later.

$1 Shinka by Fin DAC, Adelaide, 2016

Irish artist Fin DAC employed a stencil and spray paint technique to create the mural Shinka, as part of the Little Rundle Street Art Project in Adelaide in early 2016.
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23 May 2017

Stamp on Marriage equality by Canada Post

Date of Issue : 9 May 2017

Canada Post unveiled a stamp commemorating the 2005 passage of the Civil Marriage Act, which made marriage equality the law throughout Canada. Grassroots activists, government officials and community members attended the unveiling, catching the first glimpse of the new stamp, which features the iconic rainbow symbol. The unveiling was held at and in partnership with The 519, a City of Toronto agency committed to the health, happiness and full participation of LGBTQ communities.
The marriage equality stamp is the fourth in a set of 10 that Canada Post is issuing to celebrate Canada’s 150th year since Confederation.

Marriage equality debate takes centre stage
In early 2001, the battle for the right to marry took centre stage, after Reverend Brent Hawkes married two same-sex couples in a ceremony in Toronto. When the City refused to issue marriage licenses for these unions, it set off a series of heated court battles and public debate. The legal challenges culminated on June 10, 2003, when the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Within hours of the decision, Michael Leshner and Michael Stark were married in Toronto, the first same-sex couple to wed after the legislation.
Similar court battles were also taking place in provinces across the country, and more provincial courts issued rulings legalizing marriage equality: B.C. in July 2003, followed by Quebec, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia in 2004. Finally, on July 20, 2005, the government of Canada passed the federal legislation that legalized marriage equality across the country, making Canada the fourth country in the world and the first outside of Europe to grant same-sex couples the right to marry the one they loved.
Today, with support continuing to grow across the globe, more than 20 countries have legalized same‑sex marriage on the national level. 

20 May 2017

New stamps for animal lovers

 Stamps on Squirrel and Kingfisher from Korea Post

Date of Issue : 6 June 2017

Postmarks on animals from Taiwan

On May 17th 2017 three different pictorial postmarks were issued  in Taiwan.
Fengyuan Post Office
Pingdung  Post Office
Taidung Post Office
The postmarks are for the new ATM SIKA DEER,  for the philatelic exhibition ROCUPEX 2017 in Taipei.The postmarks are featuring the Sika deer (Cervus nippon taiouanus).

New Pictorial postmark on owl from Poland

On June 9,2017  a new pictorial postmark will be available  in Police 1 (Poland).The postmark is featuring a Long-eared owl (Asio otus).

- Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie

18 May 2017

New Special Cover

Biddatanda Hockey Namme - 2017 (21st Kodava Hockey Namme)

The Biddatanda Family, a pre-eminent clan of Kodavas is based at Napoklu( Nalnad) from time immemorial. It is said that the Biddatanda Chieftains ruled parts of Kodagu at a time now lost to recorded history. The Biddatanda clan now numbers just over 120 persons. Some of its members have held and several continue to hold prominent offices in various Government services and public fields. The family aspires to guide the 20 year old tradition of the Kodava Hockey Festival into its 21st year with dignity, pride and uniting all Kodava families in a single arena, playing and celebrating Hockey from 17th April 2017 to 14th May 2017 at Napoklu. 

The special cover is released to commemorate the 21 st Hockey Namme( Festival) in Kodagu.

: Suresh R. - Bangalore

16 May 2017

The Face of Finland...Public Faces on stamps...

On May 9, 2017 Finnish Post issued Finland 100 - The Faces of Finland, a stamp sheet consisting of photos featuring faces, These are unique stamps that portray photos of faces ! 

Date of Issue : 9 May 2017

Finish Post, Posti ran a campaign in fall 2016 to collect photos of faces from the public for a special stamp publication to mark Finland's centenary of independence. The thousands of photos come together like a mosaic to form different stamps, which are positioned on the sheet in the form of the map of Finland. Each stamp and booklet is unique.

"These stamps are worth a close look, as receivers and senders might spot their own face or the faces of acquaintances on them," says Tommi Kantola, Design Manager at Posti.

The stamps were designed by graphic designer Klaus Welp, with the advertising agency Bob the Robot responsible for their technical implementation. To Posti's knowledge, this method of stamp design and production has never been used before.

The Finland 100 - The Faces of Finland booklet contains ten domestic no-value indicator stamps (unit price €1.30). A total of 60,000 booklets have been printed. 

14 May 2017

New Stamps from India - Champaran Satyagraha Centenary

Champaran Satyagraha Centenary

Date of Issue : 13 May 2017

Mr. Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communication (Independent Charge) And Minister of State for Railways released a set of 3 stamps in the denominations of Rs 5, 10 and 25 and a Miniature Sheet  on Champaran Satyagraha Centenary on May 13, 2017. 

The issue has a DESIGN ERROR: The Rs 10 has the inscription in the English only and does not carry the mandatory inscription in Hindi as well. While the Rs 25 denomination has the inscription in Hindi twice.

Source : Stamps of India

11 May 2017

100th Anniversary - Lions Clubs International

Date of Issue : 7 June 2017

Six stamps and a Miniature Sheet celebrating 100 years of Lions Clubs International will be issued by Jersey Post on 7 June. The stamps depict just some of the projects supported by this important global organisation.

Formed on 7 June 1917, Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organisation, with 1.4 million members throughout more than 46,000 clubs. Its members actively support good causes around the world, serving people in need through a variety of projects from treating eye disease to tackling environmental issues.

The six stamps depict: 
fundraising through the Jersey Swimarathon, 
treating eye disease and recycling glasses, 
worldwide disaster relief, 
tackling environmental issues, 
hearing tests and recycled hearing aids 
and holidays for people with disabilities. 
Worldwide disaster relief is also depicted on the Miniature Sheet.
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