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With the moment when the Lithuanians throughout the world will unite singing “Tautiška Giesmė” (the National Anthem) approaching, Lietuvos Paštas (the Lithuanian Post) introduced the commemorative block of postage stamps “Pasaulio Lietuva” (English: Lithuania of the World). Its uniqueness lies in the fact that for the first time Lithuanian postage stamps feature personalities scattered all over the world, who live and create for Lithuania today, rather than some people from the past.

The postage stamp block “Lithuania of the World” consists of 6 postage stamps of the nominal value of EUR 1.

“It is very symbolic that for the first time Lietuvos Paštas celebrating 100th anniversary of its activity this year paid tribute to 100 people who live not only in Lithuania but also throughout the world and whose works bring together Lithuania of the world rather than commemorating some historical personalities. This is a special thanks for strengthening and fostering Lithuanianness and a reminder that the boundaries of our nation are much broader than those drawn on the map”, said Asta Sungailienė, CEO of Lietuvos Paštas, at the presentation of the postage stamp block “Lithuania of the World”.

Faces of 20 people whose daily works contributed for the benefit of Lithuania selected by the special commission landed on the postage stamp block. These people include the Metropolitan Archbishop of Vilnius Gintaras Grušas, the artist Jonas Mekas, the Olympic swimming champion Rūta Meilutytė, the musician Jurgis Didžiulis, the writer Rūta Šepetys, the poet Tomas Venclova and other fosterers of Lithuanianness well-known in Lithuania and throughout the world.

Another 80 spots on the postage stamps are designated for people having put in the most effort inviting four million Lithuanians living around the world to sing the National Anthem together on the 6th of July of this year - the Statehood Day (which marks the coronation of King Mindaugas of Lithuania). The contest was attended by participants from Japan, South Africa, Vietnam, Singapore, China, Guernsey and many other countries.

“These are the people who were the first ones to believe in the idea of Lithuania of 4 million Lithuanians and started to bring it together. The idea of Lithuania, which is big in mutual relations between compatriots around the world rather than in the territory which it occupies. In order to be surely called the nation of 4 million people, we have to invite another few hundred thousand Lithuanians abroad in the week remaining till the singing of the anthem. Now the ball is in the hands of ordinary people - they need to call or write to a distant relative, acquaintance or a buddy abroad unseen for a long time. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary, we have to remember every single Lithuanian, regardless of the time he or she has spent away from Lithuania, and invite him or her to celebrate together”, said Raimundas Daubaras, the leader of the initiatives “Lithuania 4.000.000” and “Tautiška Giesmė around the World”. 

Aistė Trepkevičienė featured on the postage stamp was happy about having responded to the initiative and having had the opportunity to contribute to bringing Lithuanians together.

“When inviting Lithuanians from different corners of the world to join the campaign, I experienced many good emotions myself. Such initiatives are beautiful, unconventional and meaningful. I think that encouraging Lithuanians to sing the National Anthem is only a part of the important efforts that we must take in fostering Lithuanianness. Therefore, I wish to constantly strive and not to stop looking for new and exciting ways to do this”, - said the woman.

The first day cover was released along with the new postage stamp block designated for giving meaning to the centenary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania.

Those who wanted to take part in the contest and to be featured on the unique postage stamp had to register on the initiative’s website at www.4000000.lt and send invitations to their Lithuanian friends or their descendants around the world to sing the National Anthem on the 6th of July - the State Day. Virtual points were assigned for each confirmed invitation. Participants in the initiative having collected the most points competed for the opportunity to see their image on the postage stamp.

The public limited liability company Lietuvos Paštas and the initiative “Lithuania 4.000.000” organized the contest for being featured on the postage stamp block “Lithuania of the World”.

The public limited liability company Lietuvos Paštas has the widest and densest network of postal access points in the country. Lietuvos Paštas provides postal, logistic and financial intermediation services. Lietuvos Paštas releases 25-27 postage stamps per year.

In commemoration of the centenary of scouting in Lithuania, Lithuania Post has issued a special postage stamp to mark this occasion. It was released into circulation on 30 March this year.

 

The postage stamp “100 Anniversary of Lithuanian Scouting” was designed by a painter Darius Laumenis. The new postage stamp is of EUR 0.52 nominal value and was released with a circulation of 20,000.

“In the context of the centenary of the restoration of the State of Lithuania, the Lithuanian scouting – the think tank of creative, patriotic and civic personalities – is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Lithuania Post would also like to join them and disseminate this great news by issuing a new postage stamp,” Vaida Budrienė, Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post, said.   

 

 

“All scouts in Lithuania and in emigration find the release of a postage stamp dedicated to them on the occasion of the centenary of the scouting movement in Lithuania very important. It is a great opportunity for scouts and collectors to purchase this special postage stamp as well as a great chance for the public to learn about the scout movement, its meaning and activities.

In my view, every scout should have a postage stamp marking the centenary of scouting in their collection. I invite every scout to send no less than 10 letters using this postage stamp thus widely spreading the idea of the scouting movement and attracting more young civic people to it,” Ieva Brogienė, head of the Lithuanian scouting, noted.

Along with the postage stamp “100 Anniversary of Lithuanian Scouting”, first day covers were released as well.

Lithuanian Scouting is a public, voluntary, non-political organisation. It is open to all residents of Lithuania regardless of their race, nationality, religion, gender, or social circumstances. Lithuanian Scouting seeks to develop young people and help them reach their full physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual potential, and become responsible citizens of their local, national, and international communities.

On 14-22 July this year, Lithuanian Open-Air Folk Museum of Lithuania in Rumšiškės will host a national scouting camp “Generation of Campfire”. It is organised to commemorate the 100th anniversary of operation of the Lithuanian scouting.

Lithuania Post releases 25-27 postage stamps annually. It also provides courier, logistical and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post has released postage stamp “150th Birth Anniversary of Vydūnas”. The postage stamp which seeks to commemorate the creations of Vydūnas (1868–1953) and components related to his society was introduced into the market on 16 March.

 

 

The circulation of the new postage stamp is 30,000. It was designed by the Lithuanian painter Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis. Nominal value of the launched postage stamp amounts to EUR 0.94.

Vydūnas is a prominent figure of national revival in Lithuania. He encouraged national awareness-raising and developed critical thinking of Lithuanians through his creations. He once wrote: “The most important and key power of every nation is self-respect”. These days, it is necessary to remember the teachings of this great person, namely, to respect not only oneself but also one’s fellow countrymen who help create Lithuania of tomorrow.

 

 

The postage stamp created by the painter Mikalojaus Povilas Vilutis contains a few pronounced components. The main painting of the postage stamp was taken from the illustration of the painter Petras Rimša designed for the trilogy of Vydūnas’ plays “Enternal Fire” (Lith. Amžina Ugnis). To frame the postage stamp the component of book cover of  Vydūnas book “Tautos Gyvata” (Life of the Nation) was used. The left upper corner of the postage stamp features a detail – a decorative picture created by the painter Hugo Höppener used in Vydūnas’ books of the 20th century. An important element displayed under this decorative picture is the logo of  Vydūnas society the basis of which  is the mark which was used on cover pages or title pages of Vydūnas books in the beginning of the 20th century.

Lithuania Post releases 25-27 postage stamps annually. It also provides courier, logistical and financial intermediation services.

 

On the occasion of the centenary of the restoration of the State, Lithuania Post has released the third 100th anniversary postage stamp block to commemorate this special anniversary of Lithuania.

 

 

The last two postage stamps of the series dedicated to the centenary of the restoration of the State of Lithuania depict the House of Signatories of the Act of Independence of Lithuania and the original copy of notification in which Lithuania is declared an independent state by the Council of Lithuania dated 16 February 1918 and found by Prof. Liudas Mažylis.

The block of postage stamps was created by a painter Aušrelė Ratkevičienė. The nominal value of each postage stamp amounts to EUR 1.16. The circulation of the occasional block of two postage stamps is part of series “100 Years to the Restoration of the State of Lithuania” and is 25,000.

The continuous block of postage stamps “100 Years to the Restoration of the State of Lithuania” has been released annually since 2016. Postage stamps issued in 2016 depicted one of the most prominent figures who enshrined the idea of national revival of the 19th century, namely, the portrait of Dr Jonas  Basanavičius, and facsimiles of the first Lithuanian newspapers the Aušra  and the Varpas. The postage stamps released in 2017 perpetuate the historical events of the beginning of the 20th century that had a crucial effect on the restoration of independence of the State of Lithuania: the recovery of press (7 May 1904), the Great Seimas of Vilnius (4-5 December 1905)  and the Vilnius Conference (18-22 September 1917).

On 16 February, the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania was commemorated. It marks the beginning of the development of an independent democratic state of Lithuania, which was the first firm step into the present-day modern state of Lithuania.   

Lithuania Post releases 25-27 postage stamps annually. It also provides courier, logistical and financial intermediation services.

On the occasion of winter Olympic Games taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, Lithuania Post has issued two new postage stamps.

 

 

The series of postage stamps “XXIII Winter Olympic Games” already contains postage stamps that commemorate two branches of sport, namely, curling and short track speed skating. The circulation of the postage stamps with a nominal value of EUR 0.84 and EUR 0.94 amounts to 30,000 each. The postage stamps were created by a painter Jekaterina Budrytė.

“The postage stamps catch the attention by their range of colour. The dominating blue reveals the restrained and cold background of winter Olympic Games best. To highlight the figures depicted in the postage stamps I used the colours that mean energy and power. In short, the colours chosen and used are the result of a long search,” the painter of the postage stamps Ms Budrytė noted.

 

 

Curling is a team type winter Olympic sports dating back to the 16th century and originating in Scotland. It is most popular in Canada, the USA, Norway, and Sweden. The aim of the game is slide stones on a sheet of ice on a rectangular ice-field so that they approach the target as closely as possible. The establishment of the Lithuanian Curling Association in 2002 opened the window of opportunities to those, who love this sport, and enabled them to participate in various international tournaments.

Short track speed skating is one of the Olympic sports and a form of competitive ice speed skating. At the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Lithuania was represented by Agnė Sereikaitė. She is the first Lithuanian representative of this branch of sport in the Olympic Games. Due to a trauma she suffered in the qualification match in Seoul, the candidate of Lithuania’s delegation will not take part in the XXIII Winter Olympic Games.

Winter Olympic Games is a sporting event held once every four years and have been organised since 1924. The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France. More than 200 athletes from 16 countries competed in six branches of sport, namely, speed skating, skiing, Nordic Combined, ski jumping, curling and bobsleigh.

                                                                                                                          

Lithuania Post releases 25-27 postage stamps annually. It also provides courier, logistical and financial intermediation services.

 

Lithuania Post started the year 2018 by issuing a series of four postage stamps to commemorate one of the most frequently seen and used symbol of the state of Lithuania, namely, the historical Pillars of Gediminas.   

 

 

“These postage stamps reflect the historical development of the Pillars of Gediminas which shows how long these symbols of state have existed in the life of our nation. The Pillars of Gediminas that have survived from the 14th century are one of the most frequently used symbols of the state of Lithuania. We are delighted to welcome the centenary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania by presenting postage stamps decorated with the Pillars of Gediminas that connect the old and the new Lithuania,” Tomas Bašarovas, Communication Group Manager of Lithuania Post, said.  

All the four postage stamps depict the motif of the Pillars of Gediminas that was used in different eras from the 15th to the 20th century. The postage stamps were created by a painter and a long-time participant and winner of competitions of Lithuania Post Ms Aušrelė Ratkevičienė. Self-adhesive posts with the nominal value of EUR 0.03, EUR 0.10 and EUR 0.42 were released with a circulation of 100,000. The postage stamp with the nominal value of EUR 0.39 is most frequently used and was released with a circulation of 500,000.

 

 

It is thought that the Pillars of Gediminas developed from  ownership stamps, and the first fact of their use was recorded in the coat of arms of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas. Even in the Soviet times, when all symbols of the statehood of Lithuania were forbidden, the symbol of the Pillars of Gediminas continued to be actively used by the underground.

The Pillars of Gediminas were particularly widely used in the first half of the 20th century when the independent state of Lithuania was established. This symbol is used by the Lithuanian Armed Forces, aviation, and it is used to decorate the orders and medals of Lithuania, it has become an attribute of a number of many public associations and organisations.

Depiction of the historical and national symbol of Lithuania – the Pillars of Gediminas – is regulated by the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Coat of Arms, Emblems, and Other Insignias.

Lithuania Post releases 25-27 postage stamps annually. It also provides courier, logistical and financial intermediation services.

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.

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