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On Saturday, 25 November, celebratory postage stamps will be issued to announce the approach of major holidays: Christmas and the New Year. This year, the celebratory postage stamps of Lietuvos paštas will be exceptional. They will smell of ginger biscuits.

“Traditionally, the issue of celebratory postage stamps coincides with the sending of season’s greetings. During the Christmas period, postcards, correspondence and gifts will be decorated with scented postage stamps issued for the first time in the history of philately in Lithuania.

It is said that scents help to bring back memories and evoke feelings and moods, so this year, let the smell of freshly baked ginger biscuits that fills the homes of many of us before Christmas travel by post as well. Christmas wishes this year will be scented, too,” says Tomas Bašarovas, ‎Head of Communication Group at Lietuvos paštas.

Celebratory postage stamps for Christmas and the New Year were created by artist and illustrator of children’s books Aušra Kiudulaitė. The available denominations of scented postage stamps will be EUR 0.39 (circulation: 800,000 stamps) for sending correspondence in Lithuania and EUR 0.81 (circulation: 150,000 stamps) for sending correspondence abroad.

Father Christmas on Postage Stamps

Celebratory postage stamps depict symbolic themes that often recur in the works of artist A. Kiudulaitė: the mountain person and stories of a small town. “The mountain person theme depicts the back of a person who is holding the whole world. Father Christmas bringing winter, snow covered houses and trees is depicted on this postage stamp. That’s what the approach of Christmas means to people – it brings not just the holidays, but the whole world.

Another postage stamp depicts the daily life of a small snow covered town: shining stars, smoke cosily rising from chimneys, people coming home after work.

I like using minimalistic means to convey mood and feelings, so the choice of colour palette is not accidental either: blue and red, cold, snow and cheeks that are red because of icy wind, tree decorations and the red sun on a December morning,” said artist A. Kiudulaitė, the creator of the stamps.

In addition to the new postage stamps to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, the first day cover will also be available. On Saturday, correspondence paid with the new postage stamps will be stamped at the central post office in Vilnius with the datestamp of the first day.

The Scent is Caused by Scented Ink

Scented Lithuanian postage stamps were printed in France, which is considered to be the “home country” of perfume. “Scented postage stamps are created by using modern flexographic technology. A special ink that contains compressed perfume bubbles is used. When the surface of a postage stamp is gently rubbed, the bubbles start to rise, and the scent contained in them is released,” T. Bašarovas says about the manufacture of scented stamps.

Scented postage stamps are not released often. Such an unusual product appeared for the first time in the middle of the 1970s in the Kingdom of Bhutan, where a series of six postage stamps depicting red roses was released. Each stamp in this series smelled of roses.

“It was noted that flower scents are usually selected for scented stamps; however, there have been many different types of scented stamps. Scents are usually associated with images, colours, sounds, mood and feelings, so several years ago postage stamps smelling of burned timber were released in Brazil to emphasise the danger caused by forest fires. Postage stamps smelling of sweet and sour pork were issued in China in 2007 to celebrate the Year of the Pig,” said the representative of Lietuvos paštas.

 

Lietuvos paštas issues 25–27 postage stamps per year. Lietuvos paštas also provides courier, logistics, and financial intermediation services.

To celebrate the day of the Constitution of Lithuania, Lithuania post issued a new miniature sheet “Twenty-five years of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania”. The postage stamps depict stylised pages of the Constitutions of 1791, 1922, and 1992. The postage stamps were issued on 28 October. 

The celebratory miniature sheet, which is decorated with designs of Lithuanian folk art, consists of three postage stamps; the denomination of each of them is EUR 0.84, and the circulation is 20,000. The author of the new postage stamps is artist Roma Auškalnytė.

“A quarter of a century ago, the Constitution of restored independent Lithuania was adopted by the referendum of the entire Nation. It is not only the main and the most important law of the country, but it is also the decision of the citizens of the free country “to embody the innate right of the human being and the Nation to live and create freely in the land of their fathers and forefathers – in the independent State of Lithuania”.

With these postage stamps, we will remind not only ourselves, but also the whole world about the Lithuanian nation continually striving for an open, just, and harmonious civil society and state under the rule of law,” notes Tomas Bašarovas, ‎Head of Communication Group at Lithuania post.

By issuing the postage stamps with three dates, Lithuania post suggests looking back on the history of the development of Lithuania as a state under the rule of law. Dates in the postage stamps encode the years of adopting three different Constitutions. In 1791, the Constitution of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the first constitution in Europe and the second in the world, was adopted; in 1922, the Constituent Assembly of Lithuania drafted and adopted the first permanent Constitution, while on 25 October 1992 the citizens of Lithuania adopted the current constitution of the Republic of Lithuania by referendum.

The postage stamps also contain extracts from the documents of the Constitutions, which are depicted in different fonts on the background of the colours of the flag of the state of Lithuania.

The Constitution is the main law of the state; it has the strongest legal effect, enshrines the freedoms and rights of citizens, and establishes the foundations for the political, legal, and economic systems of the country.

Lithuania post issues 25–27 postage stamps per year. Lithuania post also provides courier, logistics, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania post continues the popular series of postage stamps “Animals of Lithuania” and issues a new miniature sheet. Three postage stamps depict some of the most well-known representatives of forest fauna in Lithuania: the royal stag, the European hare, and the badger. The postage stamps will become available this Saturday, the 9th of September.

The miniature sheet depicting the animals that are frequently mentioned in Lithuanian folklore consists of three postage stamps; the denomination of each of them is EUR 0.84, and the circulation is 30,000. The author of the new postage stamps is artist Tomas Dragūnas.

“We have been offering the postage stamp series depicting the animals of Lithuania for several years in a row to draw the attention of the public to the huge variety of Lithuanian fauna. We are also happy that animals depicted on the stamps, which will be sent abroad with letters and parcels, help to demonstrate the uniqueness of nature in our country. It is said that postage stamps that depict animals are particularly popular among philatelists,” states Tomas Bašarovas, ‎Head of Communication Group at Lietuvos paštas.

In addition to the miniature sheet, the first day cover will also be available. On Saturday, correspondence paid with the new postage stamp will be stamped at the central post office in Vilnius with the datestamp of the first day.

The royal stag is a beautiful, harmonious, and sturdy animal. The beginning of the reacclimatisation of royal stags in Lithuania is associated with Žagarė forests. The deer immigrated to the southern Lithuanian forests from Poland and Kaliningrad Oblast. These animals prefer broadleaf forests and mixed coniferous forests growing in rich soils.

The European hare resembles a domesticated rabbit in appearance. From the 15th to the 18th century, the European hare was rarer in Lithuania than the mountain hare. Due to intensive human activities, hares most often inhabit forests and areas of uncultivated land. In a day, a hare moves within an area of 65 ha on average, but most activities take place in an area of approximately 20 ha, and in the presence of danger the hare moves in an area of 1 km in radius.

The badger is the largest animal of the family Mustelidae. Although badgers are widespread in all parts of the country, their numbers have diminished recently. They live in forests, sometimes in bushes, pastures or even meadows that are close to a forest. Badgers live in burrows and use moss, dry grass and leaves to line their lairs. When the weather gets colder, at the end of November or at the beginning of December badgers fall asleep and hibernate until March. On clear and warmer days badgers leave their burrows for a short time.

 

Lithuania post issues 25–27 postage stamps per year. Lithuania post also provides courier, logistics, and financial intermediation.

Lietuvos Paštas continues publishing the series of postage stamps “Contemporary Art of Lithuanians”. A sculptural composition “Lozoriau, kelkis” (English: Lazarus, get up) created by the winner of the national prize Stanislovas Kuzma, which is dedicated to honour vocation of doctors, was chosen to commemorate the branch of visual arts this year. The new postage stamp will appear in circulation this Saturday, the 26th of August.

The painter Indrė Ratkevičiūtė created the postage stamp illustrating the sculpture “Lazarus, get up” of S. Kuzma. The postage stamp with the nominal value of EUR 0.94 will be released in the edition of 40 000.

“Postage stamps travel in various directions of the world accompanying parcels of residents of the country, thus philately is a great way to represent Lithuania. Continuing the publication of the series of stamps for contemporary art of Lithuanians, this time we introduce one of the most prominent sculptors of the country S. Kuzma and his works.

The new postage stamp is aimed not only at introducing the trends of the Lithuanian art, but also encouraging to get acquainted with the development of art of Lithuania” - said Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė, the Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lietuvos Paštas.

The first day cover will also appear in circulation along with the postage stamp “Contemporary Art of Lithuanians. Sculpture”. On Saturday, postal correspondence paid using the new postage stamp will be franked with the first day date seal in the Vilnius Central Post Office.

S. Kuzma created the sculptural composition “Lazarus, get up” in 1989, however it was implemented by his son, also a sculptor, Algirdas Kuzma after his death. Algirdas always assisted his father in the implementation of his creative ideas. A. Kuzma used the drawings and layout of this sculpture left by his father S. Kuzma.

Thanks to the artist, the composition “Lazarus, get up” was built in the courtyard of Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos last year, expressing the spirit of hope of the diseased, their loved ones and resurrection. It is the symbol of a battle for life and vocation of doctors. 

The sculpture was built in the summer of 2016 from public funds.

 

In the course of a year, Lietuvos Paštas issues an average of 25-27 postage stamps. Lietuvos Paštas also provides courier, logistic and financial intermediation services.

Lietuvos paštas continues its series of postage stamps called “Tourism in Lithuania”: to celebrate the Year of Hillforts, a postage stamp presenting one of the largest and most impressive hillforts in Aukštaitija will be issued on 8 July. The Šeimyniškėliai Hillfort in Anykščiai is famous for its rich history and is one of the most thoroughly researched hillforts on the eastern Baltic coast.

“2017 is the Year of Hillforts because hillforts are inseparable from the historic landscape of our country. The number of hillforts in our country is one of the highest in the world, but the most important thing is that the rich history of the country is recorded, like in the annals of old, in the hills that cover the map of Lithuania. 

A postage stamp is an excellent instrument for promoting destinations and attracting foreign and local tourists, so the new postage stamp represents one of the largest and most picturesque hillforts in Lithuania, famous for its legends and secrets,” says Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė, Head of Marketing and Communications Department at Lietuvos paštas.

The new postage stamp, with circulation of 200,000, was created by artist Simona Stelmokaitė. The denomination of the postage stamp is EUR 0.39. 

In addition to the postage stamp devoted to Lithuanian tourism, the first day cover will also be available. On Saturday, correspondence paid with this postage stamp will be stamped at the Anykščiai post office with the datestamp of the first day.

The Šeimyniškėliai hillfort, which is located in the northern part of Anykščiai, was built on an upland cape; it is surrounded by the river Varelis on the north-western side, and the river Volupis on the south-eastern side. The hillfort platform is 80 m long, its width at the south-eastern end is 35 m, and 23 m at the north-western end. The total area of the platform is 2,400 m².

According to dendrochronological research, the hillfort was built in 1232; it is associated with Voruta, the only known castle of King Mindaugas.

 

Lietuvos paštas issues 25–27 postage stamps per year. Lietuvos paštas also provides courier, logistics, and financial intermediation services.

Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuania Post) continues the series of postage stamps promoting the historical legacy of technology in Lithuania. This year, we introduce a unique system of canal locks installed in Klaipėda for navigation purposes in the 19th century The new postage stamp Heritage of technology. The old canal locks of King William will be placed into circulation this Saturday, on 10 June.

“Every year, we also issue such postage stamps which are not intended to mark special dates, meaningful events or historical anniversaries; by those postage stamps we want to attract society’s attention to exceptional and most significant achievements of science and technology in Lithuania. Monuments of architecture, urbanism or technology are important creative works of society, and they also express and reflect the nation’s identity. The navigation canal in the littoral area, which connects the port of Klaipėda and Minija, is famous not only for its technical characteristics, but also its history; it is this history that we want people to remember because of the postage stamp issued,” noted Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė, Head of the Corporate Affairs Department of Lietuvos Paštas.

The new postage stamp has been created by Laima Matuzonytė, a student of the Vilnius Academy of Arts. 50,100 copies of the stamp will be issued. The nominal value of the postage stamp is EUR 0.94.

Together with the postage stamp, we will also issue an envelope of the first day. On Saturday, in the General Post Office of Klaipėda, postal items paid for with the new stamp will be stamped with the stamp with the date of the first day.

In 1863–1873, the canal of King William was excavated by French prisoners of war, and it was named after the then-King of Prussia, William I. The artificial waterway was intended to protect ships and floated rafts from dangerous storms in the Curonian Lagoon. On the southern edge of Klaipėda, the canal is connected to the Lagoon. The canal’s length is equal to 25–27 km, its width – to 28–30 m, and the average depth – to 1.7 meters.

The level of water with the Minija River was regulated by a special system of canal locks close to Lankupiai. This is the only canal lock in Lithuania, which has been declared a monument of technology.

During the excavation of the canal, many of the French prisoners of war perished, therefore, a monument has been erected in their memory at the mouth of the canal, on the way to the international ferry crossing point.

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

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