Sunday, 20 February 2011


 Sri Lanka Post Office issued on October 9th, 2007 a set of 16 Constellation stamps presenting the twelve traditional zodiac constellations plus Centaurus, Ursa Major, Orion and Ophiuchus. The 40.00 LKR stamp shows Ophiuchus, a large constellation located northwest of the center of the Milky Way, best visible in the northern summer and listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy. The stamp represents its commonly image of a man grasping the snake.

The other two definitive stamps are national symbols: the 50.00 LKR State Emblem stamp (issued on November 23, 2007) and the 100.00 LKR golden lion stamp (issued on September 24, 2008). The republican emblem was chosen after the country was declared a Republic on May 22, 1972. In addition to the lion with a sword and the Palapethi open petal design it portrays the Punkalasa, dhammachakka, sun, moon and two sheaves of paddy. The Lion symbol played a significant role in the history of Sri Lanka and represents freedom and hope.
My friend Asela sent me a wonderful FDC and two mint stamps of his country’s issue commemorating the bicentenary of birth of Louis Braille and the World White Cane Day. 2009 was marked by commemorative issues in forty-six countries celebrating the bicentennial of Louis Braille. The Sri Lanka Post Office, in despite the delay, produced a beautiful piece with the bust of Louis Braille and a hand reading braille.

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