Thursday, 1 December 2011

2011 - STAMPS OF BRAZIL - 24

Brazilian Postal Administration released on October 21, 2011 Christmas issues: two self-adhesive stamps and a souvenir sheet.
                                                
The stamps bring two classic icons of Christmas: the ball and the candle. These are traditional Christmas tree decorations. The balls adorn the pine tree, and the colors of each ball represent the fruits of the tree: joy, good deeds, love, wisdom, fellowship, and others. There is also a stamp with the illustration of a candle and its burning light represents the enlightenment of the world. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the ultimate light of the world. Both stamps have the inscription "Boas Festas" (Happy Holidays) and the design of a colorful ribbon on a small garland.
 The souvenir sheet brings as background image the representation of the universe, presented as a symbol of God's creational power. Drawings of Christian symbols with specific meanings surround the souvenir sheet: the dove (symbol of the Holy Spirit), wheat and grape (the bread and wine representing the body and blood of Jesus), the lamb (symbolizing Christ, as mentioned in the Bible, Lamb of God), the cross (representing the Holy Trinity), and the fish, known as Ichthys, fish in Greek, and is also an acronym for the phrase Iesus Christus Theou Yicus Soter, which means Jesus Christ Son of God Saviour. The fish was a symbol used by early Christians in order to communicate and identify each other. The top stamp has the image of an open Bible and, at the background, the Planet Earth. The lower stamp presents a closed Bible on the light, representing the word of God.

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