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Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post) continues the issue of the series of postage stamps Culinary Heritage. On Saturday, 20 May, a postage stamp representing the country’s traditional cuisine will be issued and it will portray fresh cheese which is particularly appreciated by foreign guests for its exceptional taste and unique production process.

The new postage stamp, 80 thousand copies of which will be issued, has been created by artist Domantas Vildžiūnas. The nominal value of the postage stamp, which is being launched, is equal to EUR 0.52.

“We are delighted that we are able to contribute to the preservation of authentic culinary heritage, the promotion of its popularity and the continuity of traditions. The national heritage is an integral part of the country’s image. Every time that letters and parcels marked with the new postage stamp go on a symbolic culinary journey, they will present the exceptional product of Lithuania to the entire world,” maintains Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė, Head of the Corporate Affairs Department of Lietuvos Paštas.

Together with the postage stamp, intended to promote Lithuania’s culinary heritage, the envelope of the first day will also be issued. On Saturday, postal items, which are paid for with the new postage stamp, will be stamped with the stamp with the date of the first day in the General Post Office of Vilnius.

The Lithuanian cuisine has been changing and formed under the influence of various historical circumstances, however, Lithuanian manor houses were well-known for their traditions of preparation of fresh cheese already in the Middle Ages. The production process has remained almost unchanged to this day. Fresh cheese, which has been pressed according to the old Lithuanian traditions, is often seasoned with coarse salt, chopped garlic or caraway seeds. In 2013, the European Commission included fresh cheese into the list of protected products. It has become the third Lithuanian product to be protected in the European Union.

 

Annually, Lietuvos Paštas issues 25–27 postage stamps. Lietuvos Paštas also provides the services of couriers, logistics and financial mediation.

On 29 April, Lietuvos Paštas issued two new postage stamps. This year, the series of postage stamps “Europe” issued by post offices of all European countries has been decorated with impressive castles of the Old Continent, including the castles of Biržai and Klaipėda.

A series of two postage stamps “Europe. Castles” has been created by artist Domantas Vildžiūnas. One of the postage stamps portrays the castle of Biržai, and the other – the castle of Klaipėda. The number of each of the two postage stamps issued is equal to 80 thousand. The nominal value of each postage stamp is EUR 0.81.

“Philately is a mirror of history which not only reflects the images of the past, but also establishes new dialogues and fosters communication. As of old, Lithuania has been famous for its castles. Majestic beauty of defence structures has been extensively described in literature and glorified by poets. We are happy to be able to introduce the country’s historical heritage, in the form of a postage stamp, to the entire Europe,” says Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė, Head of the Corporate Affairs Department of Lietuvos Paštas.

This year saw the 61st edition of the series “Europe” of postage stamps seeking to create a more closely integrated Europe and strengthen friendship and cooperation.

The castle of Biržai was constructed on the southern shore of Lake Širvėna. This is the only bastion-type fortress in Lithuania, which has also been best preserved in northern-eastern Europe.

Following the building of a dam at the confluence of the rivers Apaščia and Agluona in 1575, the year 1586 witnessed the construction of embankments, a representative palace, an evangelical reformed church, an arsenal, food warehouses, barracks and other buildings. The fortress and the town formed an exceptional and solid defence complex. The bastion-type castle in the Renaissance style, the construction of which was concluded in 1589, currently represents an invaluable monument of history and architecture.

At present, the palace of the castle houses the Biržai regional museum “Sėla” and a town library.

While Klaipėda saw the construction around it of a chain of mounds and castles intended for the protection against Vikings and other enemies. Following the occupation of Klaipėda by the Teutonic Order, the city was granted Magdeburg rights, lay and ecclesiastical governments of the city were formed and the construction of a castle and churches was started.

In written sources, the castle of Klaipėda was first mentioned on 29 July 1252 – in a document whereby the master of the German Order and the bishop of Kuršas agreed on the construction of a castle between the rivers Nemunas and Danė. The castle was called Memelburg. For many centuries, the castle suffered from aggressive attacks, was burned, destroyed and reconstructed again.

Currently, the site of the castle houses a museum. Visitors are invited to see excavated remains and the foundations of the castle. In the museum of the castle, visitors can walk on the oldest pavement of Klaipėda, which was laid in the 16th century.

Annually, Lietuvos Paštas issues 25–27 postage stamps on average. Lietuvos Paštas also provides the services of couriers as well as logistics and financial mediation services.

The 100th anniversary of Algirdas Julien Greimas, a prominent Lithuanian scientist who is well-known around the world and was the founder of the so-called Parisian school of semiotics, will be marked by a postage stamp issued in his memory. The stamp will be put into circulation this Saturday, on 4 March.

A postage stamp of the continued series “Prominent People of the World Coming from Lithuania”, which marks the 100th anniversary of Algirdas Julien Greimas, has been created by the artist Aušrelė Ratkevičienė. The number of copies of the stamp to be issued is 200 thousand, with the nominal value of EUR 0.39.

“This series of postage stamps bears witness to the pride in Lithuania and achievements of its people around the world. The stamp to be issued shortly will remind us about the world-famous scientist, a Lithuanian Algirdas Julien Greimas, whose ideas were met with a tremendous response not only in Europe, but also in other continents.

On letters, postage stamps travel all around the world, therefore, I have no doubt that their “journey”, which will start in the native Lithuania, like the ideas of Algirdas Julien Greimas, will reach the most distant countries, including those of the Francophonic world, an important part of which is A. J. Greimas,” says Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė, Head of the Corporate Affairs Department of Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post).

Together with the postage stamp in memory of A. J. Greimas, an envelope of the first day will also be put into circulation, with an image of the semiotic square, which is the core of the original semiotic theory created by A. J. Greimas. On Saturday, postal items paid with the new postage stamp will be stamped with the stamp of the first-day date at the General Post Office in Vilnius.

To be a semiotician means to pose the question of meaning

The literary scientist and professor of semiotics Kęstutis Nastopka says that A. J. Greimas is first of all known to the world as the founder of the Parisian school of semiotics. “To Lithuanians, he is better known as a researcher of the old Lithuanian beliefs and an essay writer. During the war, A. J. Greimas actively participated in the anti-Nazi activities in Lithuania, while after the war, having settled in France, he became involved in the anti-Soviet resistance,” says K. Nastopka.

By himself and together with his students, A. J. Greimas issued over ten books in French, while a similar number of his books were also issued in Lithuanian either as original books or as translations.

“My intellectual path may be partially explained by my origin and the events, to which the Lithuania of my youth became open; to be a semiotician means to pose the question of meaning. The war and its absurdity encouraged me to be concerned about the meaning of horrors, which took place before your eyes. This was my psychological background,” said A. J. Greimas in his interview to the Parisian daily Le Quotidien de Paris.

The Parliament of Lithuania announced 2017 the year of A. J. Greimas, while the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) included the 100th anniversary of A. J. Greimas into a list of anniversaries which are important for global culture, education, science and historical memory.

Annually, Lietuvos Paštas issues 25–27 postage stamps. Lietuvos Paštas also provides the services of couriers, logistics and financial mediation.

A joint postage stamp together with Vatican is released for the first time in the history of the issue of postage stamps in Lithuania Post. The joint stamp issued between Vatican City State and Lithuania Post marks the 600th anniversary of the Samogitian (Medininkai) Diocese establishment and it appeared in circulation on February 10, Friday.

The joint postage stamp between Vatican City State and Lithuania Post, which is dedicated to the 600th anniversary of the Samogitian (Medininkai) Diocese establishment, was created by the Lithuanian artist Vaclovas Butrimas. The nominal value of the postage stamp is EUR 1. In Lithuania, it is released in the edition of 200 000 copies and in Vatican in the edition of 360 000 copies.

“The 600th anniversary of the Samogitian Diocese establishment, which is being commemorated this year, is significant not only to Lithuania but also to the whole Catholic Church community of Europe. We are glad for the given opportunity to cooperate with the Vatican post issuing the postage stamp dedicated to the Samogitian Diocese establishment. This postage stamp is going to commemorate the christening of the last European nation,” Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post Rasa Kruopaite-Laliene said.

Different foreign countries in cooperation with Lithuania Post have already issued a few joint postage stamps, however, such a philatelic cooperation together with Vatican City State is the first one. Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Holy See has initiated the building of contacts between Lithuania Post and Vatican City State.

“An important topic to both sides was suggested, therefore, Lithuania and Vatican have successfully commemorated it in the joint postage stamp. A smooth cooperation in the field of philately shows that Lithuania and the Holy See maintain comprehensive diplomatic relations,” Ambassador of Lithuania to the Holy See Irena Vaisvilaite said.

She reminded that Vatican has already issued a set of three stamps having a Lithuanian theme so far. It was dedicated to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the christening of Lithuania. At that time, in 1987, Lithuania was still suffering under the yoke of the Soviet occupation, therefore, the issue of the postage stamp was initiated by Lithuanian emigrants.

On February 10, Friday, the new postage stamp was officially presented to the hierarchs of Lithuanian Catholic Church and foreign ambassadors residing in Vilnius. On this occasion, Mauro Olivieri, the head of Vatican post and mint, came to Lithuania.

Along with the new stamp, designated to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Samogitian Diocese establishment, the first day cover was released. On Friday, correspondence paid by the new stamp was marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

The official christening of the last European pagan country

The Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas and the first Samogitian Bishop Motiejus Vilnietis (Trakiskis) are depicted in the postage stamp that was created by the painter Vaclovas Butrimas. A church building is visible in the hands of the ruler of Lithuania as a symbol of faith and culture.

At the end of the 14th century only a part of Lithuania was baptized. As the western part of the country – Samogitia – was claimed by the Teutonic Order, with the efforts of Lithuanian rulers the Grand Dukes Jogaila and Vytautas the Great it was possible to christen Samogitian lands peacefully and without any conquest. The Samogition Diocese establishment was decided during the Constance Church meeting, in the longest surviving pagan Lithuanian region in 1417. The establishment of the Samogitian Diocese was approved by Pope Martynas V, who was elected at the meeting. This event concludes Lithuania's integration into the European Christian nations' family, which was initiated with the christening of Lithuanian King Mindaugas.

 

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

 

 

 

Lithuania Post issues the second set of stamps which commemorates the anniversary of a restored independent State of Lithuania on the occasion of the approaching centenary of the state restoration. On February 11, Saturday, another postage stamp appeared in circulation. This stamp is dedicated to the 100th birth anniversary of the famous Lithuanian poet of the 20th century Kazys Bradunas.

The commemorative souvenir sheet of three postage stamps "100th Anniversary of Restoration of Lithuanian State" is released in the edition of 30 000 copies. These postage stamps commemorate important historical events of the 20th century that had a decisive impact on the restoration of Lithuania's Independence: recovery of the Lithuanian press (May 7, 1904), the Great Seimas of Vilnius (May 4-5, 1905), Vilnius Conference (September 18-22,1917). The souvenir sheet of postage stamps was created by the artist Ausrele Ratkeviciene. The nominal value of each stamp is EUR 1.16.

“The democratic birth of the State of Lithuania is captured in this set of commemorative stamps: from the early rudiments of statehood, which were expressed through a saved Lithuanian word during the years of national oppression, to the created idea of an Independent State in the Great Seimas of Vilnius and Vilnius Conference. 

Therefore, these three new postage stamps recall important events of the Lithuanian history that contributed to the establishment of the Council of Lithuania, which declared the Act of Independence on February 16, 1918,” Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post Rasa Kruopaite-Laliene said.

Also, on February 11, Saturday, Lithuania Post commemorated the 100th birth anniversary of one of the most famous Lithuanian poets of the 20th century Kazys Bradunas (1917-2009), who belonged to the famous wartime students generation. The postage stamp in the poet's memory was created by the artist Tomas Dragunas. The stamp dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Kazys Bradunas is released in the edition of 200 000 copies and the nominal value of the stamp is EUR 0.39.

Along with the commemorative souvenir sheet “100th Anniversary of Restoration of Lithuanian State” and the postage stamp “100th Anniversary of Kazys Bradūnas”, the first day covers were released. On Friday, correspondence paid by the new stamps was marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

 

 In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

 

Litas-denominated postage stamps that have been withdrawn from circulation and soon are going to expire, have become an original piece of art. The artist Jolita Vaitkute, who had been surprising with her unique drawings created from non-traditional materials, glued a portrait of the patriarch of the nation Jonas Basanavicius using more than 10 thousand postage stamps. The picture is being exhibited in the Vilnius central post office.

"This is an unusual farewell to litas-denominated postage stamps, which have been stamped on letters and parcels for more than two decades. This year, a two-year transition period is finishing during which letter-post items could be paid with the old litas-denominated postage stamps. 31St December is going to be the last day when payments with postage stamps of the former national currency – litas will be accepted," Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė said.

Last week a particularly original farewell was organized in the Vilnius central post office dedicated to litas-denominated postage stamps that from 2017 are going to expire and become only a historical value. During the event, the portrait of the brightest Lithuanian national revival pioneer of the 19th century and creator of modern Lithuania, the nation's patriarch Dr. Basanavicius was presented. Ms. Vaitkute surprises the whole world with unique drawings using food and other unexpected things, and this time the creative artist used postage stamps.

Moreover, a philatelic exhibition "Farewell to Litas-denominated Postage Stamps" was presented in the Vilnius central post office. The exhibition presents postage stamps issued by Lithuania Post since the very first postage stamps series "Angel" in 1990 until the year of 2014 when the issue of litas-denominated postage stamps was terminated. Litas became the official currency of Lithuania on 25 June, 1993 since then litas-denominated postage stamps started to be issued. The nominal value of postage stamps issued during the first years of independence was indicated in rouble, later in the temporary currency – vouchers, which were often colloquially nicknamed as "animals" or "vagnorkes" after Gediminas Vagnorius. There are more than 600 units of litas-denominated postage stamps in the stands of the exhibition.

"Postage stamps are a historical mirror of the state, which reflects the most important and significant events of the country, and scientific, cultural and artistic achievements. It is a palpable pulse of the public of that period. This philatelic exhibition marks an important political, cultural and economic period of the country.

Litas-denominated postage stamps are a glimpse into a still alive history of Lithuania lasting for more than two decades. We hope that representatives of the generation, who were born in the independent Lithuania, will be interested to see exhibits of the exhibition and to find a postage stamp, which they stamped on a letter for the first time," Mrs. Kruopaite-Laliene said.

 

How to use litas-denominated postage stamps?

Lithuania Post reminds that since 2017 only euro-denominated postage stamps are going to be valid. Residents, who still have remaining litas-denominated postage stamps, should hurry to pay outgoing postal items with them until the end of this year, i.e. 31st December.

The equivalent of postage stamps of nominal value in litas to euro is available on the website of Lithuania Post www.lietuvospaštas.lt. The litas nominal value of postage stamps has been recalculated using the official exchange rate of euro (1 EUR = 3,45280 LTL). Rounding to the accuracy of one euro cent according to mathematical rounding rules is provided in the Law on the Euro Adoption in the Republic of Lithuania.

Postage stamps with a nominal value in litas and euro will be acceptable for an unlimited period of time.

 

The Public Limited Company Lithuania Post runs the widest network of postal access points in Lithuania. Lithuania Post provides postal, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post announces the upcoming biggest holidays of the year by issuing stamps dedicated to Christmas and the New Year. White Lithuanian winter will be memorialized in Christmas postage stamps.

Two new postage stamps designed for Christmas and the New Year will decorate postal correspondence during a holiday season. One stamp depicts rural forest landscape, while the other pictures winter in the old town of Vilnius – the capital of Lithuania. They were created by the artist Dovydas Baksys.

"During a pre-Christmas period, the flow of postal items in Lithuania and to foreign countries increases significantly. We wish that postal items would be entirely festive before Christmas, therefore, we traditionally issue postal stamps designated for Christmas and the New Year, one is intended to be sent in Lithuania and the other – to foreign countries," Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post Rasa Kruopaite-Laliene said.

The nominal value of the stamp intended for domestic items is EUR 0.39 and it is going to be issued in the edition of 400 thousand copies. Postage stamps designated for foreign countries, with the nominal value of EUR 0.81, are going to be issued in the edition of 50 thousand copies.

Postage stamps dedicated to Christmas were put in circulation on 12 October.

Along with the festive postage stamps, the first day cover was released.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post continues to issue postage stamps from the series "Contemporary Art of Lithuania". The stamp representing graphic art and creation of a graphic artist of Lithuania Petras Repšys.

The postage stamp "Contemporary Art of Lithuania. Graphics" was created by an artist Domantas Vildžiūnas. An art piece "Sitting" of the artist Mr. Repšys is used in the stamp.  The new stamp released with the nominal value of EUR 0.48 and in the edition of 300 thousand copies.

"The stamp is one of the best ways to present the art, culture, and most famous artists of the country to the world. Creation of the designer Juozas Statkevičius has already been memorialized in the continuous series of postage stamps "Contemporary Art of Lithuania". This time we present a well-known graphic artist – painter Mr. Repšys and his pieces of art. A postage stamp is also considered as a graphic genre, therefore, a work of art memorialized in the stamp perfectly represents the graphic art," Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė said. 

The new stamp, designated to represent contemporary art of Lithuania – graphics, appeared in circulation on October 8.

Graphics is a branch of visual art, and it includes drawings, prints, illustrations of books and periodicals, caricatures, postage stamps, etc. Lithuania has been popularized around the world by works of a graphic artist, illustrator, creator of medals, ex-libris, and frescoes Petras Repšys (1940). The artist's works have been evaluated by several tens of various awards. According to art critics, Mr. Repšys has brought art closer to science by visual interpretation of Lithuanian culture history, using primary sources, discussing with experts in various fields during the creative process, so that he could be considered as the first multidisciplinary creator in the country.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post has released the postage stamp in memory of 25th anniversary of the tragic events of January 13th. The stamp will appear in circulation on the eve of Freedom Defenders' Day, 12th January. 

The postage stamp “25th Anniversary of January 13th Events” was created by the painter Domantas Vildžiūnas. The new stamp will be released with the nominal value of EUR 0.45 and in the edition of 300 thousand copies.

“This postage stamp is being released on the eve of 13th January, exactly at the time when 25 years ago unarmed but united Lithuanian people managed to defend freedom and independence of their country being fearless to sacrifice themselves. Soon the stamp will be spread all over the world and it will remind again that the aspiration for freedom and the spirit of unity of even a small nation are able to unite people for big achievements,” the Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras said.

Along with the new stamp, the first day cover will be released. On Tuesday, 12th January  correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

In the beginning of January 1991 in Lithuania, Soviet Union troops armed with heavy military equipment attempted coup d'etat. Paratroopers brutally seized Vilnius Television Tower and Lithuanian radio and television center, moreover, planned attacking the building of then Supreme Council (now Lithuanian Parliament), that were protected by thousands of peaceful Lithuanian protesters. At the TV Tower some protesters became victims as the troopers went through the crowd of civilians by tanks and were shooting at them. During this peaceful Lithuanian citizens' resistance against the Soviet troops, in total 14 peaceful civilian freedom defenders lost their lives and more than thousand got wounded.

13th January is commemorated as the Freedom Defenders' Day.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post releases on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services. 

In the first postage stamps of 2016, Lithuania Post has commemorated Vytis depicted in historical state flags. The new set of 6 stamps Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania, in Flags will appear in circulation this Saturday,  January 2. 

The set of the stamps Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania, in Flags was created by the artist Eglė Jakutavičiūtė. The stamps have been released with the nominal values of EUR 0.01, EUR 0.03, EUR 0.10, EUR 0.29, EUR 0.39 and EUR 0.62. Each stamp has been issued in the edition of 1 million thousand copies.

Vytis is pictured in diverse flags on different nominal postage stamps: the flag of the army of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the Battle of Grunwald (1410), the flag of Žygimantas Augustas  (1553), the flag of the January Uprising (1863-1864), the flag of Antanas Smetona's military institution (1928), the flag of the Reform Movement of Lithuania (1989) and in the flag of the president of Lithuania (1993).

Along with the new set of 6 stamps, the first day cover has been released. This Saturday, correspondence paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

A red banner with a white equestrian on a bay horse mentioned in the Jan Dlugosz' story, describing the Battle of Grunwald (1410) when the Grand Duke of Lithuania brought forty Lithuanian regiments, all carrying red banners. In the later historical sources a red cloth charged on both sides with the armored knight was described as the banner of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The flag remained as such until the end of 18th century.

Today, the historical Lithuanian State flag depicting Vytis, can officially be used alongside the Lithuanian State (National) flag.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post releases on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services. 

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