100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day

Today is the 100th anniversary of the commemoration of Armistice Day, originally set to recall the end of hostilities of First World War on 11 November 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” … Continue reading 100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day

Who Was Turdakun Usubaliev?

Kyrgyzstan: Turdakun Usubaliev, 05 November 2019. Image from GULFMANN STAMPS WORLD.

First, I have a confession to make. I do not actually own any of the philatelic items depicted in today’s article.  I discovered them on another blog dedicated to new issues in my endless quest for interesting stamps.  As I often do, I wondered, “Who is this person?”  The fact that the stamp pictured above is being released by one of the two postal operators in Kyrgyzstan on this very day — 5 November 2019 — prompted me to find out with the aim of putting together A Stamp A Day’s first article in quite some time.

My only real connection to the issuing entity itself is that my company employed a Kyrgyz national last year whom I trained to work at our various English camps.  His homeland is an intriguing place so let us begin with a bit of background before we get to the subject of today’s stamp. Continue reading “Who Was Turdakun Usubaliev?”

International Left Handers Day

August 13 is observed annually as International Left Handers Day ito celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. I have been a “southpaw” for most of my life, so I this is a holiday that I whole-heartedly support.  The day was first observed in the year 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc. who created it to bring attention … Continue reading International Left Handers Day

Queen Suthida of Thailand

With the corornation of His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn (วชิราลงกรณ) — reigning title Phrabat Somdet Phra Vajira Klao Chao Yu Hua (พระบาทสมเด็จพระวชิรเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว) or King Rama X — on May 4, 2019, the Kingdom of Thailand also gained a new queen, Her Majesty Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana ( สุทิดา พัชรสุธาพิมลลักษณ). She was born Suthida Tidjai (สุทิดา ติดใจ) on June 3, 1978, in Hat Yai, Songkla, Thailand. A Thai of … Continue reading Queen Suthida of Thailand

Vesaka Bucha (วิสาขบูชา) Day in Thailand

Today, many Buddhists in Thailand are participating in ceremonies for one of the most important dates on the calendar. Vesaka Bucha (วิสาขบูชา) commemorates the birth, enlightenment (Buddhahood), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition. It is also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day and is traditionally observed by Buddhists and some Hindus on different days in India, … Continue reading Vesaka Bucha (วิสาขบูชา) Day in Thailand

The Origins of Mother’s Day in the U.S. and México

In México, Día de las Madres (Mother’s Day), is held every year on May 10. The first official Mothers’ Day celebration in México was held on May 10, 1922, and today the date is also Mother’s Day in El Salvador and Guatemala. Another 146 countries including the United States honor their mothers on the second Sunday in May which in 2019 occurs on May 12 … Continue reading The Origins of Mother’s Day in the U.S. and México

The Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo

The Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) took place on May 5, 1862, near Puebla City during the Second French intervention in México. The battle ended in a victory for the Mexican Army over the occupying French soldiers. The French eventually overran the Mexicans in subsequent battles, but the Mexican victory at Puebla against a much better equipped and larger French army provided a significant … Continue reading The Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo