zondag 27 maart 2016

Sunday Stamps: Spring, Easter

Today's Sunday Stamps theme is 'Easter or Spring'.

To me the two are related: Easter is the celebration of the awakaning of nature after winter and the new life.

In our country crocuses are one of the first clear signs of this wake-up, this new life. Even though they not have been native in the Netherlands until 1560, nowadays bunches of crocuses pop up in the parks and lawns. Well, before crocuses snowdrops are marking the end of winter already, be it that snowdrops are seen less often.

Recently PostNL issued stamp sheets by the Dutch illustrator Janneke Brinkman-Salentijn. On one of the sheets I spotted this yellow crocus:

This stamp I used for my postcard to John in the UK, writing on the back that the yellow crocus is less common than the white and lilac ones. But since I posted the postcard I'm seeing yellow crocuses almost everywhere!

After crocuses, usually narcissus, daffodils, appear. Also these already are appearing in real now.

The Belarus Post issued this fine stamp, showing this typical spring flower:

Besides spring flora, there also is some spring fauna, which (coincidentally?) also is associated with Easter celebrations.
Among them the rabbit, here on stamps from Belarus:

And baby chicks, here a chick with its mom and dad on a beautiful stamp from Indonesia:

Stamps showing lambs I couldn't find so far. Instead I found three easter stamps, received thanks to postcrossing in the past years:

From Poland this Easter Bunny, with all well-known spring/easter items in it:

A more beautiful image, showing this stamp on the first day cover, you can see at Ana's blog post of today.

The following Easter stamp is from Ukraine. The text, 'Христос воскрес' (if I can read it well enough and as far as I can decipher thanks to translate.google), in Dutch would mean 'Vrolijk Paasfeest', 'Happy Easter', however the Ukrainan meaning literally is 'Christ resurrected'.
The fact that the largest image is an egg shaped figure might make the circle round for Easter being not only a Christian celebration but also a celebration of new life from even ancient times.

Eggs are not only used in Easter traditions. Painted eggs are also part of the Persian New Year celebrations, Now Ruz, which started a week ago, exactly at the start of spring.
The following stamp I alas don't own myself, but this picture I found on the internet, showing beautifully painted eggs:

Finally a basket with unpainted eggs, which hopefully will be hatched to have young chicks come out.
Also this stamp is from Poland. Google.translate told me that 'Wilkanoc' means Easter in Polish:

See more Spring and Easter stamps on today's Sunday Stamps blog post and via the links mentioned under that post.

10 opmerkingen:

  1. Wow, so many beautiful stamps! Spring makes me happy (it's cold here today, but sunny).

    1. Thank you, Eva! (Hard to believe that it is cold in your place, but I can believe that! Hope spring / warmth will come your way, soon!)

    2. By the way, is there a kind of spring season? I thought that more towards the equator it only is summer and winter, is it?

  2. What a great set of stamps. Love the crocus, and the eggs and chickens. Happy Easter.

    1. Thank you, FinnBadger! To you, too!
      (I guess it still is morning in your place - it's evening already here, though in the Netherlands we have two holidays of Easter: 1st (today) and 2nd Easter Day (Easter Monday).

  3. A great selection of stamps, painted eggs are so beautiful. My favourite place to see crocus is in old churchyards when they are in huge drifts, usually white and purple, the only yellow I can recall is daffodils, Now you have prompted me to look and see if I can spot any yellow crocus.

  4. I've seen a few green shoots of crocuses but no flowers yet, and a good thing to as we're still getting frost.

  5. Post of the week for me, a great selection - the rabbits win for me.

  6. I love the variety of stamps here...and so many as well! I just really like your comprehensive interpretation of Easter on the overall....my favourite would be that stamp from Ukraine!