The Borneo Elephant and Mahout

Elephants are one of the most popular animals to be portrayed on stamps and have been featured twice on A Stamp A Day in articles about Laos and Thailand, both of the Asian variety. Today’s entry describes a subspecies of the Asian elephant as well as the traditional handler, called a mahout, both pictured on a 1909 stamp issued for the British protectorate state of … Continue reading The Borneo Elephant and Mahout

Thai National Elephant Day / วันช้างไทย

In Thailand, every March 13 is observed as Thai National Elephant Day (วันช้างไทย — Wan Chang Thai), declared by the Thai government on May 26, 1998. The observance was suggested by the Asian Elephant Foundation of Thailand and submitted to the Coordinating Subcommittee for the Conservation of Thai Elephants. The date was chosen because the Royal Forest Department  had designated the white elephant as the national … Continue reading Thai National Elephant Day / วันช้างไทย

Thai New Year (Songkran) / เทศกาลสงกรานต์

April 13 in Thailand is called Songkran Day (วันสงกรานต์ — Wan Songkran), or Thai New Year’s Day, marking the start of the three-day Songkran Festival (เทศกาลสงกรานต์ — Thetsakon Songkran). This is the major holiday of the year, the third of the New Years celebrated in Thailand (“Western” New Year on January 1 and Chinese New Year in late January or early February being the others). Many Thai … Continue reading Thai New Year (Songkran) / เทศกาลสงกรานต์

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania #105 (1958)

Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika #105 (1958)

The region of British East Africa has quite a complicated postal history with stamps of the area receiving numerous identifying inscriptions since their first release in May 1890, bearing the name of a company —  British East Africa Company — instead of a place name. Stamps released in October of that year saw the inscription changed to Imperial British East Africa Company; these were overprinted British East Africa in July 1895 … Continue reading Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika #105 (1958)