The theme for EUROPA 2002 was Circus. 58 participating countries issued stamps on this common theme. Ukraine issued a set of two stamps on the theme of Circus. The stamps were issued on 04 Apr 2002 and featured Circus animals.
International Motor Show Germany – Special Cover 1981.
The International Motor Show Germany or International Motor Show known in German as Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (IAA- International Automobile Exhibition) is the World’s largest Motor show. It is held annually with Passenger vehicles including some motorcycles being displayed in odd numbered years in Frankfurt am main and commercial vehicles in even numbered years in Hanover.Till 1991 it was held only in Frankfurt. The First show was held in Bristol Hotel Berlin in 1897 with eight motor vehicles on display. It is organised by VDA(Association of German Automotive Industry)
A Special cover was released on 17 Sep 1981 for the 1981 edition of Motor show. A Berlin miniature sheet of 1971 issued to mark 50th Anniversary Avus Car race has been used for the special cover.The cover also shows Flags of some participating countries.
City of Luxembourg – Old Quarters and Fortifications -UNESCO World Heritage Site
Because of its strategic Postion -Luxembourg was one of Europe’s greatest fortified sites from 16th Century to 1867. It was repeatedly reinforced as it passed from one European power to another- The Holy Roman Emperors , The Burgundy ,The Habsburgs , the French and Spanish Kings and finally the Prussians .The Fortifications were a fine example of Military architecture spanning several centuries.It was listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Luxembourg issued a miniature sheet containing two stamps on 08 May 2014 to commemorate 20th anniversary of UNESCO World Heritage site. The two stamps feature Old City and Fortifications and Modern city and historic Fortifications. FDC with MS is shown below.
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.
Bhutan – eight Auspicoius symbols of Buddhism
Bhutan issued a miniature sheet on 16 April 2016 depicting the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism.