Today, 8 November 2022, is Loy Krathong (ลอยกระทง) which is widely considered the most beautiful of the many festivals which are celebrated in Thailand. Along with Songkran (Thai New Year), it is the most important festival celebrated here and is held on the night of the 12th lunar moon of the Thai calendar. In general, the festival usually falls in the month of November and symbolizes the end of … Continue reading Loy Krathong in Thailand
I wrote lengthy articles about the commemoration of United Nations Day on October 24 for this blog in 2016 and 2018. Today’s post (my first on A Stamp A Day in more than two years) features a “new entity” in the form of a back-of-the-book classification for Switzerland. Prior to the first stamps for the United Nations Offices at Geneva being issued in 1969, Swiss … Continue reading United Nations European Office Sc#7O34-37
Each year on June 11, the U.S. state of Hawaii celebrates the public holiday of King Kamehameha I Dayi. It honors Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaiʻi — comprising the Hawaiian Islands of Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and Hawaiʻi. The holiday was first observed in 1872. Today, King Kamehameha I Day is treated with elaborate … Continue reading King Kamehameha I: His Life, His Statues, His Holiday (and A Few Stamps)
It has been a very busy couple of months for me and I will be relieved when the Thai school year comes to an end during the first half of March. Today, I even have yet another working day rather than a holiday (of which I only had one during the entire month of February and two in January), While I have forced myself to … Continue reading United States #O145: Take A Leap Today!
First of all, let me wish all of you faithful readers of A Stamp A Day a very hearty “Happy New Year”. In 2020, I plan to focus my collecting and stamp blogging activities almost exclusively to New Issues which will be covered by my other blog, Philatelic Pursuits. Whatever posts I may make to ASAD will most likely be of more recent stamps although … Continue reading Lithuania (Michel #1300): Lithuanian Flag 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
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
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