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This year marks the 150th anniversary of a well-known and biggest uprising of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth against the Russian Empire. To mark the event of 1863, Lithuania Post is going to release a new postage stamp which will appear in circulation this Saturday, March 23.

The stamp “150th Anniversary of the Uprising of 1863” will be issued in the edition of 80 thousand with a nominal value of LTL 1,35. The stamp has been created by the painter Indrė Ratkevičiūtė.

The stamp features a fragment from the picture “The Rebels of 1863”, the work of Artur Grottger, the Polish painter, and the leader of the uprising Zigmantas Sierakauskas.

Along with the postage stamp, the first day cover and sheet will be released. On Saturday in Vilnius Main Post Office postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation.

The uprising of 1863-1864 sparked off in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth against the Russian Empire and its national and social policy. The battles took place in the territories occupied by the Russian Empire: Poland, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and their ethnographic parts – Belarus and Ukraine.

The uprising started on January 22, 1863, therefore it carries the name of January Uprising. In Lithuania, the uprising sparked off in March 1863. The Russian occupant army finally suppressed the armed struggle in autumn of 1864.

321 battles with the Russian army took place in Lithuania. The tsar army in Vilnius Military District consisted of 145 thousand troops and 6 thousand Cossacks. A part of them participated in the suppression of the uprising. The proportion of forces in the battles usually was 1:10 or 1:20 in favour of Russia. In the course of the uprising, the Russian occupant government has sent 21 712 people to death, servitude, or exile.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues about 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic and financial intermediation services.

There is one week left to submit designs for Lithuania Post’s contest to create postage stamps about the Lithuanian military uniforms, 80th anniversary of S.Darius and S.Girėnas transatlantic flight, and the pre-paid postcard featuring the Holy Christmas and New Year.

The contest is open to everyone, not only professional artists. There are no any requirements with regard to age, education, and etc.

The draft designs of stamps and pre-paid postcards should be submitted before the 25th of March to the address:

ABLietuvos pašto Pašto ženklų leidybos departamentui

J. Jasinskio g. 16

03500 Vilnius

The winners of the contest will receive monetary awards. The first place winner having designed one stamp will receive 1000 litas; respectively, the second place winner will receive 750 litas, the third place winner – 450 litas. The first place winner having designed a pre-paid postcard will receive a monetary prize of 1500 litas. 1000 litas will be awarded to the second place winner, 750 litas – to the third place winner.

The winners of the stamp design are elected by a special commission consisting of the representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Communications and Lithuania Post as well as artists, historians, and specialists from other areas.

In 2013, Lithuania Post will release in total 25 stamps on such topics as Chinese New Year, Famous People, Technical Monuments, The Red Book of Lithuania, Postcrossing, The National Bird of Lithuania, Science Achievements, Holy Christmas and New Year.

More information on the stamp and postcard contest is available here.

The Public Limited Company Lietuvos paštas runs the widest network postal access points in Lithuania. Lithuania Post also provides logistic, financial intermediation, and electronic services.

Deutsche Post DHL informs that due to adverse weather conditions more than 300 flights in the Frankfurt Airport have been cancelled. Therefore, mail delivery in Germany and dispatches destined to Ireland, Greece, Luxemburg, Malta, Portugal, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Australia, USA, Canada (the countries to which mails have been sent via Frankfurt) may be late.

The postal operators of the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Great Britain also inform of adverse weather conditions that may cause delays in mail deliveries.

The stamp set “Famous People” launched in 1993 this Saturday will be supplemented by two new stamps featuring the outstanding Lithuanian personalities: the poet Antanas Strazdas and the writer Pranas Mašiotas.

The stamps are intended to commemorate the 250th birth anniversary of A. Strazdas and the 150th anniversary of P. Mašiotas. The both postage stamps have been designed by the artist Aušrelė Ratkevičienė.

The nominal value of the stamp featuring Antanas Strazdas (1763-1833) is LTL 1.35, and the nominal value of the stamp featuring Pranas Mašiotas (1863-1940) is LTL 2. Each stamp will be issued in the edition of 80 thousand copies.

Along with the stamps, the first day cover. On Saturday postal correspondence items paid by the new stamps in Vilnius Main Post Office will be marked with the first day cancellation.

Antanas Strazdas is a Lithuanian priest and poet. He studied in Kuršas, later in Krėslava Theological College. From Krėslava he moved to Varniai. After a nine month stay in Varniai, he was ordained as a priest. During his life-time, only one set of poetry “Giesmės svietiškos ir šventos“ (The Psalms Ordinary and Sacred) were published (in 1814). The set consists of 9 poems and 2 psalms. A lot of unpublished poems have spread in the public and become folk songs. One of A. Strazdas‘ psalms “Pulkim ant kelių“ (Down on your Kneels) is still being sung in Lithuanian churches.

Pranas Mašiotas is the children‘s writer, pedagogue, publicists, and culture figure. He started cooperating with the press in 1888 (“Aušra“), and kept working as a publicist until the end of his life. Since 1892, his articles were published in “Varpas“, “Vilniaus žinios” (the years 1905-1906), “Rygos garsas” (1909-1915), “Švietimo garsas” (1920-1924), “Šviesa”, “Vienybė Lietuvninkų”, “Lietuvių laikraštis”, “Lietuva”, children‘s periodicals. In his articles he discussed different topics, but the themes on education, culture, children‘s literature prevailed.

On average, Lithuania Post releases 25-30 stamps in the course of a year. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Since this day on, the collectors and visitors of the Munich International Stamp Fair will have a possibility to have an eyeful of and purchase Lithuanian postage stamps. This German city will host the international stamp fair from February 28 until March 2. Lithuania Post will participate in this fair after a long break.

“The German philatelists are one of the most active collectors in Europe. In the course of a year, this country arranges several philatelic exhibitions where postal operators introduce their production. This is the 16th time when the stamp exhibition is held in Munich.

We hope that the stamps issued by Lithuania Post will be interesting to collectors, and we will be able to achieve higher level of cooperation in selling our products to the residents in other countries”, Ervinas Vaišnoras, Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post, said.

In the Munich Fair, Lithuania Post will present not only recently released stamps, but also the first ones released since 1990.

According to Mr Vaišnoras, the philatelic collectors mainly show interest in postage stamps featuring various technical achievements, aviation, flora, fauna, landscapes of Lithuania, and etc.

The organizers of the exhibition say they expect to receive more than 30,000 visitors, media representatives, publishers of stamps from worldwide and etc.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post releases 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post provides postal, courier, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post has received more than thousand and a half suggestions from the public on the themes for the next year’s postage stamps. The residents wish to see not only conventional images, but today’s celebrates as well. Among the themes mentioned, Lithuania Post has received suggestions to issue stamps featuring swimmer Rūta Meilutytė, theatre director Oskaras Koršunovas, the dancers of “Žuvėdra”.

“This is the second time we have invited the public to give proposals on the themes for the next year’s stamps. We are glad that we have received suggestions twice as many as last year.

Each year Lithuania Post issues about 25-30 postage stamps, so it was a difficult task for the commission to select only 20 themes out of a thousand and half suggestions”, Lithuania Post’s Head of Philatelic Department Ervinas Vaišnoras said.

The residents offered such topics as traditional Lithuanian feasts, namely St John’s Feast, Shrove Tuesday, Christmas Eve, Easter, and Kaziukas Fair. Others suggested to depict Lithuanian dukes, cinema, Lithuanian cynology, Jews in Lithuania, healthy life-style, mushrooms in Lithuania, book spreaders, Lithuanian Presidents, aviation, smithery,Lithuanian Police, Lithuanian beer, windmills, and etc.

The residents could give their suggestions on the themes for postage stamps until February 15 on the company’s website www.post.lt or the company’s Facebook profile.

The themes for postage stamps are selected by the Postage Stamps Commission consisting of the representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and Lithuania Post, artists, historians, and specialists from other spheres.

Last year, the Postage Stamps Commission has selected 6 themes out of all offered by the public:  Lithuanian Armed Forces (suggestion of Nerijus Kisielius from Vilnius), Postcrossing (Laima Viršilaitė from Skuodas), Lighthouses (Jurgita Tamušaitienė from Kaunas), Laser Industry (Tomas Taškauskas), Mother’s and Father’s Days (Dovilė Sirtautaitė from Rukai Village (Kėdainiai District).

The Public Limited Company Lietuvos paštas runs the widest network of postal access points in Lithuania. Lithuania Post provides postal, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

On Saturday, February 23, Lithuania Post will release a new postage stamp from the series “Science Achievements”. The stamp is dedicated to the laser industry.

The stamp designed by the artist Evelina Paukštytė features laser waves. The stamp will be issued in the edition of 80 000 copies with the nominal value of LTL 1.35.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and sheet will be issued. On Saturday, in Vilnius Main Post, all postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation.

A laser is a device that emits coherent light (identical wave length, phase, and polarization). Usually lasers emit parallel beams of monochromatic light (one wavelength).

Lasers are used in a variety of applications: science, medicine, industry, home, entertainment, and for military purposes.

In 1974, the barcode scanner was introduced. This was one of the first applications of the laser in daily life.

Scientific investigations conducted at Vilnius University and the Institute of Physics gave stimulus for the establishment of companies working in the area of laser technologies. Graduates of these education and science institutions wished to put their knowledge into practice. As a result, the companies established in the years 1985-1995 (still functioning) naturally took over scientific investigations. The demand for lasers has increased when the need to speed up production processes and improve efficiency has arisen.

Lithuanian laser companies receive the largest part of income from lasers produced for scientific investigations.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post usually issues 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post provides postal, courier, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post is proceeding with the exhibitions on the Lithuanian Railway Bridges. Since February 9, the Vilnius Mail Post Office will host the second part of the exhibition “Lithuanian Railway Bridges”. This exhibit of postcards and photographs is introduced to the public for the first time ever.

Henrikas Kebeikis, the author of the exhibition, one of the most outstanding Lithuanian philatelist, said that it took more than three decades to find some exhibits. To the author of the exhibition, the most interesting exhibits are the ones with the Alytus Railway Bridge.

Speaking of the most interesting exhibits H. Kebeikis said:

“The railway bridge in Alytus was designed by the famous Russian bridge designer M. Belelubski who had also designed the Žvėrynas Bridge in Vilnius.

The photographs of the wooden bridge in Lyduvėnai are also very interesting and rare. The Germans have built this bridge during the World War I. “

The unique photographs feature the views of the non-existing railway route Alytus-Poteronys-Artilerija-Varėna II. In other postcards, one can see the parts of Lauksargiai-Radviliškis, Tilžė-Klaipėda-Bajorai, Liepoja-Romnai, Kretinga-Telšiai railway routes and the narrow gauge railway.  

In total, more than 400 photographs and postcards are exhibited in the second part of the exhibition “Lithuanian Railway Bridges”. The exhibition will be open until March 9.

The Public Limited Company Lietuvos paštas runs the widest network of access points in Lithuania. Lithuania Post provides postal, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

On February 10, the Chinese will celebrate the New Year. To mark this occasion, on February 9, Saturday, Lithuania Post will release a new stamp on the theme The Chinese New Year.

The stamp designed by the artist Mindaugas Gribauskas features the snake, the symbol of 2013. The stamp will be released in the edition of 80 000 copies with nominal value of 2.9 litas.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and sheet will be released. On Saturday in Vilnius Main Post Office postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked with the first day cancellation.

The Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese festival usually marking the beginning of spring. As the festival is celebrated following the lunar calendar, the festival falls on different dates each year. In 2013, it will be celebrated on February 10. The festival coincides with the change in the zodiac sign. 2013 is the year of the Black Snake.

The Chinese New Year celebrations last for fifteen days. The first three days are spent together with the family and close friends. The seventh day is considered to be the human’s birthday. Everyone reflects on deeds of the previous year and progress in development and growth. The ChineseNew Year ends with the LanternFestival on the fifteenth dayof the month. This is the day when children make paper lanterns, light them, and release into the sky; the youth is out all night with the hope to meet a future husband or wife. Also, there are lots of matchmakers attempting to pair up single men and women. It is believed that the one who finds a match to someone will be happy all year round.

On the occasion of the New Year, the Chinese decorate homes and streets in red. Legends say that there was a monster called “Nian”who used to stay in the mountains or the sea; however, once per twelve years he came out for hunting humans. He was afraid of noise and the red color. This is why the Chinese set off fireworks and petards.

On average, Lithuania Post releases 25-30 stamps on a yearly basis. Lithuania Post provides postal, courier, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post is re-announcing the contest to design a stamp on the topic Lithuanian Military Uniforms and the pre-paid postcard Holy Christmas and New Year. Also, a new contest to design a stamp on the topic The 80th Anniversary of S.Darius and S.Girėnas Transatlantic Flight has been announced.

The draft designs of stamps and pre-paid postcards should be submitted before the 25th of March to the address:

AB Lietuvos pašto Pašto ženklų leidybos departamentui
J. Jasinskio g. 16
03500 Vilnius

The winners of the contest will receive monetary awards. The first place winner having designed one stamp will receive 1000 litas; respectively, the second place winner will receive 750 litas, the third place winner – 450 litas. The first place winner having designed a pre-paid postcard will receive a monetary prize of 1500 litas. 1000 litas will be awarded to the second place winner, 750 litas – to the third place winner.

The winners of the stamp design contest have been elected by a special commission consisting of the representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Communications and Lithuania Post as well as artists, historians, and specialists from other areas.

In 2013, Lithuania Post will release in total 25 stamps on such topics as Chinese New Year, Famous People, Technical Monuments, The Red Book of Lithuania, Postcrossing, The National Bird of Lithuania, Science Achievements, Holy Christmas and New Year.

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