Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2013

First Day Cover with Stamps
Christmas is a day when Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church celebrates the birth of Jesus on 25 Dec every year, which is in fact an ancient tradition. As early as around 366 AD, churches in Rome already celebrated Jesus' birth on this date.

As for the reason why 25 Dec was chosen, there are different views regarding this. The relatively acceptable reason among all is that the churches wished to replace a very important foreign religion festival Natalis Solis Invicti, which was celebrated on this day, by Jesus' Christmas Day, as Jesus Christ is the actual sun that shines all living creatures.

First Day Cover with Miniature Sheet
On Christmas Eve, both Catholics and Christians hold Midnight Masses and worship services, as well as Christmas Caroling. In Macau, at Largo do Senado, Ruins of St. Paul and the North District of Macau, church organisations hold Christmas Carol events every year with hymn singing, drama performance and preaching in order to proclaim the good news of the redemption of humanity by Jesus.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 21 Oct 2013
Postmark : Macau
Denomination : 3.50 Pataca, 5.00 Pataca and 12.00 Pataca
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : Paper with Security Fibres
Printing Process : Offset lithography

A LIL' NOTE

A note to self - one of the mementos during my Macau trip back in 2014 :)

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