Festivals are an important part of life on Christmas Island, celebrating its multicultural heritage and people. In this stamp issue by Australia Post, drawings by the children of the Christmas Island District High School were chosen to be featured.
The se-tenant 45c stamps depict a Dragon from the Community Arts Festival as well as a Red Crab clutching an Easter Egg. The Community Arts Festival is an integral part of the Territory Week Community Festival which celebrates the Island's formation as an Australian Territory.
The 85c stamp shows the Hungry Ghost Festival which culminates with a special ghost-feeding ritual to avoid the malice of despairing ghosts.
The AU$1.20 stamp features the Hari Raya Haji Festival which marks the conclusion of the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.
Date of Issue : 15 Jul 1999
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798
Denomination : 2 x 45c, 85c and AU$1.20
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm (45c stamps) and 26mm x 37.5mm (80c and AU$1.20 stamps)
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Around two-thirds of the Christmas Island population are Malaysian Chinese, with significant numbers of Malays and European Australians, as well as a smaller number of Malaysian Indians and Eurasians.
Religions practiced include Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity - with all these religions, no wonder there are many religious festivals in Christmas Island, a few of which are depicted in above stamp issue.