Buddha’s Birthday – Buddha Purnima -Vesak

Buddha’s Birthday – Buddha Purnima -Vesak

Stampdigest wishes all its readers a Happy Buddha Purnima or Vesak on 29th and 30th April.

Gautam Buddha’s Birthday is a holiday traditionally celebrated in East ,South and South East Asia. It is based on Asian Lunisolar Calendars and is primarily celebrated in Baisakh month of Buddhist Calendar and Bikram Samvat of Hindu Calendar and that is why called Vesak. It also falls on full moon Uposotha day in 5th or 6th Lunar Month. It is also celebrated on eighth day of fourth month in Chinese Lunar Calendar. Full moon is Purnima in Sanskrit and hence Buddha Purnima. It is celebrated in April,May orJune based on Gregorian Calendar. In 2018 it is being celebrated on 30th April.

Gautama was born in Lumbini in Nepal in 563 BC, attained Nirvana at Bodhgaya  India and gave his first sermon at Sarnath India.

Nepal – Nepal issued a set of five stamps  on world Heritage Site -Birth Place of Buddha -Lumbini in Nepal on 14 Sep 2009.

BUDDHA NEPAL LUMBINI
LUMBINI -BIRTH PLACE OF BUDDHA – NEPAL 2009

 

Bhutan – eight Auspicoius symbols of Buddhism

Bhutan issued a miniature sheet on 16 April 2016 depicting the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism.

BUDDHA BHUTAN SYMBOLS
EIGHT AUSPICIOUS SYMBOLS OF BUDDHISM -BHUTAN 2016

Special Cover Bhutan – Expo 2005 Aichi Japan

Special Cover Bhutan – Expo 2005 Aichi Japan

An International Exhibition was held in Aichi east of City of Nagoya.The theme was “Nature’s Wisdom”. The Theme of Bhutan Pavilion was “Art of Life”.

Bhutan issued a miniature sheet and a special cover with Exhibition cancellation to commemorate Bhutan’s participation in EXPO 2005. The miniature sheet shows Buddha.

The Special Cover is listed.

BHUTAN SPL CVR EXH
SPECIAL COVER OF BHUTAN ON EXPO 2005 AICHI JAPAN

Bangladesh stamps 2010- Roses Cultivated varieties in Bangladesh

Bangladesh stamps 2010- Roses Cultivated varieties in Bangladesh

Bangladesh issued a set of 10 stamps on Rose Varieties cultivated in Bangladesh. A  miniature sheet was also issued. The rose varieties are Alec’s Red, Royal Highness, Queen Eliazabeth, Ballerina,Alexander,Blue Moon, Papa Meilland,Double Delight,Iceberg,Sonia, Sunblest, Piccadilly, Pascali.

ROSES BANGLADESH
ROSES CULTIVATED VARIETIES IN BANGLADESH -2010

Ancient Roses – Stamps of France 1999

Ancient RosesStamps of France 1999

France issued a miniature sheet on 28 May 1999 with three stamps on ancient roses.

Mme Caroline Testout – Introduced in 1890 the flowers are pink with darker centre and scent is moderate. A classic hybrid Tea rose.

Mme Alfred Carriere –  Inroduced in 1879.Pale Pinkish flowers are fully double,globular and very fragrant.

La France – Introduced in 1867. A Lovely rose ,petals which are paler inside,curl back from the high center and the scent is  heavier than most teas.

ROSES FRAN
ANCIENT ROSES OF FRANCE ON STAMPS 1999

Tea Roses Konrad Henkel & Maid of Honor on Canada stamps 2014

Tea Roses Konrad Henkel & Maid of Honor on Canada stamps 2014.

Canada Post issued a Miniature sheet with two stamps on roses to its popular flower series on 23 APR 2014.

Konrad Henkel – It is a hybrid tea rose registered in 1983. Grown on shrubs it has medium red color , very fragrant and blooms in late spring and early summer.

Maid of Honor – It is relatively new  hybrid tea rose introduced in 2007.It is a climber that grows on a plant that can rise up to 10 feet. Yellow white in color it is very fragrant.

The roses are courtesy Montreal Botanical Garden.

ROSES CANADA
KONRAD HENKEL AND MAID OF HONOR HYBRID TEA ROSES CANADA 2014

Roses in Malaysia – Stamps of Malaysia 2003

Roses in MalaysiaStamps of Malaysia 2003

Malaysia issued a set of stamps on roses on 22 Feb 2003. A miniature sheet with two stamps on roses was issued. The rose varieties on miniature sheet were Rosa Centifolia and Floribunda Miniature.

Rosa Centifolia – It is also known as Indian Cabbage rose or Provence rose or Rose de Mai developed by Dutch rose breeders in the period between 17th and 19th Century. Its parentage possibly includes rosa damascena but it may be a complex hybrid. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 1.5m and flowers from Jun to July and seeds ripen from Aug to Nov.

Miniature Floribunda – Floribunda (Latin meaning Many flowering )is a modern group of garden Roses that was developed by crossing hybrid teas with Polyantha roses.

 

ROSES MALAYSIA
ROSES IN MALAYSIASTAMPS OF MALAYSIA 2003