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The Themes for Stamps 2014 Announced

Oct 31, 2013

The Commission for the Issuance of Postage Stamps has selected 17 themes for 19 postage stamps, 2 souvenir sheets and 2 prepaid postcards to be issued the next year. The greater part of the themes selected by the Commission has been suggested by Lithuanian citizens.

“The stamp is not just a small piece of paper that can be used for paying postage. The postage stamp travels across the world and represents our country; therefore, we wished to have as many citizens as possible to get involved into the process of stamp design. We are glad that the wish came true – the citizens gave more than one and a half thousand proposals with the themes for the stamps”, Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras said.

Out of the themes offered by the citizens, the Commission has selected the following ones: 300th Birth Anniversary of Kristijonas Donelaitis, 500th Anniversary of the Battle of Orsha, Save the Baltic Sea, Lithuanian National Minorities. The Karaites, 25th Anniversary of the Baltic Chain of Freedom, 10th Anniversary of Lithuania's Accession to the EU and NATO, The Birds. The Owl, 90th Anniversary of the First Lithuania Song Festival, and Shrove TuesdayMasks.

By drawing lots, Lithuania Post has determined 8 citizens who will receive the prizes of Lithuania Post. And they are:  Alfonsas Juras Žvinklys (the theme Lithuanian National Minorities), Elena Čiurlytė (90th Anniversary of the First Lithuania Song Festival), Tomas Balkus (500th Anniversary of the Battle of Orsha), Aistė Andziulevičiūtė (The Birds. The Owl), Justina Brukštutė (Save the Baltic Sea) from Vilnius; Jurgita Tamušaitienė from Kaunas (Baltic Chain); Rūta Androšiūnaitė from Panevėžys (300th Birth Anniversary of Kristijonas Donelaitis); and Mykolas Daniūnas from Kaunas District („NATO“ and „EU“).

Apart from the themes offered by the citizens, Lithuania Post will also release stamps from the continuous series Europa, Winter Olympic Games, Chinese New Year, Holy Christmas and New Year. In 2014, the company will also put into circulation the postage stamps dedicated to the first heart surgery in Lithuania, the 25th anniversary of restoration of Vytautas Magnus University as well as postcards dedicated to Holy Christmas and New Year.

In the nearest future, Lithuania Post will announce the contest to create the postage stamps of 2015. More information on postage stamps design contests is available on www.post.lt.