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New modern RFID gates were installed in Vilnius airport and Mail Sorting Department of Lithuania Post. The new equipment that cost nearly 60 thousand litas to Lithuania Post will ensure faster delivery of international priority postal items to recipients in Lithuania.

“RFID readers automatically record the acceptance and delivery times of international priority postal items, thus enabling postal operators to process and deliver postal items even faster, that is, improve operational quality,” said Kristina Survilė, head of Internal Control and Audit Department of Lithuania Post.

In the future, RFID systems also will be installed in regional post offices in order tracking process of postal items movement from their acceptance at Vilnius airport to delivery to recipients to be available.

Lithuania Post plc runs the widest network of postal access points in Lithuania. It also provides logistics, financial intermediation, and electronic services.

2012 is declared the Year of Museums in Lithuania. On that occasion a new souvenir sheet, “2012, the Year of Museums”, will appear in circulation on May 12.   

The new souvenir sheet which includes a postage stamp of the nominal value of LTL 7 will be issued in edition of 25 thousand copies. The philatelic product was created by the artist Vilius Bručas.

The souvenir sheet “2012, the Year of Museums” features the historically first museum in Lithuania, Baublys, founded by writer Dionizas Poška in Bijotai, Šilalė region, in 1812.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and the first day sheet will be issued. On Saturday in Bijotai Post Office all letter-post items paid by the new postage stamp will be marked with the first day cancellation.

The first Lithuanian museum was established inside the carved oak trunk and named after the oak itself, Baublys, then about a thousand years old, called so for a roaring sound of the wind (“baubti”) in deep hollows of the trunk. The founder of the museum Poška linked the name Baublys with Bubilas, the ancient Lithuanians deity of honey. 

Poška, the Samogitian nobleman, writer and historian, worked and rested in the Baublys. There he placed items of archeological, historical, and ethnographic significance, the ancient deities’ images, portraits of famous people and more than 200 books.

The material accumulated in the museum attracted interest of scholars and prominent figures of Lithuanian national revival movement. Song festivals, choir performances, and Maydays were staged in the vicinity of the Baublys.

In 1824, another oak trunk was erected next to the Baublys. In 1969, the Baubliai museum was declared the national monument of historical importance.

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

 

On Saturday to come, April 28, two new postage stamps from the continuous set Europe will appear in circulation. This year’s theme of the set is ‘Visit Lithuania’.

One of the new stamps depicts Lithuanian landscape, the other features examples of different styles of architecture. Each postage stamps is to be issued in edition of 100 000 copies and has the nominal value of LTL 2.45. Both stamps were designed by the artist Valdonė Bručienė.

The new postage stamps will be issued along with the first day cover and the first day sheet. On Saturday, in Vilnius Main Post Office, postal correspondence paid by the new postage stamps will be cancelled by the first day cancellation.

Over thousands of years human activities have brought dramatic changes to the natural Lithuanian landscape. However, this human ‘intervention’ to the natural environment was not only of ‘impoverishing’ quality. The best reflection of the positive developments is Lithuanian architectural heritage.

Lithuaniais famous in the world for its fascinating architectural monuments such as the Church of St Anne or the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Stanislaus and Vladislaus in Vilnius, Trakai Island Castle, etc. Buildings of modern architecture perfectly fit the assembly of architectural monuments of historical importance.

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

Today, celebrating the International Aviation and Cosmonautics Day, Vilnius Main Post Office opens a postage stamp exhibition on cosmonautics. The exhibits have been presented by an outstanding Lithuanian philatelist Henrikas Kebeikis.

Several hundreds of exhibits feature the four themes – Lithuania and the Universe, Wait for our Star, A View to the Moon, and Space Ways of Astronauts. It took several decades to collect exhibits from around world.

Visitors will be able to see postage stamps, postcards, envelopes, and photographs on cosmonautics that have received numerous prestigious international awards.

Along with the photographs, the iconographic part of the exhibition Lithuania and the Universe presents descriptions of people and events featured in the pictures collected by the philatelist.

Mr Kebeikis has been engaged in the collection of postage stamps for almost half a century - since 1961. Under the influence of Yuri Gagarin’s spaceflight, the young student of the former Kaunas Polytechnic Institute started to collect postage stamps. The Flight to the Space is the dominant theme of postage stamps collected by Mr Kebeikis.

The collector also collects postage stamps and postcards depicting bridges from Lithuania and other countries worldwide.

For his collections, Mr Kebeikis has received over 80 awards in different countries.

The exhibition on cosmonautics will run in Vilnius Main Post Office until April 28.

This year Lithuania celebrates the 625th anniversary of Christianization. To mark this occasion, on Saturday March 24, Lithuania Post is going to issue the stamp 625th Anniversary of Lithuania’s Christianization.

The new stamp features the scene from the Saint Pierre la Jeune fresco in the Strasbourg Church (France) depicting the countries having adopted Christianity. Lithuania is the last one.

The postage stamp dedicated to the 625th Anniversary of Lithuania’s Christianization will be issued in edition of 100 thousand copies with the nominal value of LTL 1.35. The stamp has been created by the artist Indrė Ratkevičiūtė.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and the first day sheet will be issued. On Saturday in Vilnius Main Post Office all letter-post items paid by the new postage stamps will be marked with the first day cancellation.

In 1385, the Great Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland signed the Act of Krėva. The Act obliged the Great Duke of Lithuania Jogaila to convert himself and all pagan Lithuanians into Roman Catholicism. The next year Jogaila was baptized in Cracow, married the young Queen of Poland Jadwiga, and was crowned as the King of Poland.

625 yeas ago, in February of 1387, the King of Poland and the Great Duke of Lithuania Jogaila arrived in Vilnius and declared the main three acts legally grounding the Christianization of Lithuania.

The first christening service was held in Vilnius, and then in other localities of Lithuania. For christening, local people were invited to gather in one place. To speed up the service, people were baptized in groups giving one Christian name to the whole group.

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

On Saturday, March 17, two new postage stamps from the series The Red List of Lithuania will appear in circulation. The new postage stamps feature the endangered spiders included into the Red List of Lithuania.

The postage stamps have been created by the artist Aušrelė Ratkevičienė. The tête-bêchepostage stamps are printed on the same small sheet, four sets in each. Each postage stamp has been issued in edition of 100 000 copies with nominal value of LTL 2.90.

Along with the postage stamps, the first day cover, first day sheet and two maximum cards, one per stamp, will be issued. On Saturday, in Vilnius Main Post Office, postal correspondence paid by the new postage stamps will be stamped with the first day cancellation.  

The Fen Raft Spider (Dolomedes plantarius) belonging to the Family Pisauridae lives around the margins of waterbodies, in peatlands and swampy forests. They vigorously glide over the water and hide in case of danger. Fen raft spiders hunt for various arthropods fallen into the water.

Fen raft spiders are found in swamps and forests of Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. However, despite a wide distribution of the species, it is difficult to estimate its population because of similarity with the raft spider.

The Ladybird Spider(Eresus cinnaberinus) of the familyEresidae is the most beautiful spider of distinctive appearance found in Lithuania. Due to a hidden lifestyle it is especially rare. The lady bird spiders usually hunt for big beetles having a firm chitin shell (dung-beetles, skippers). They live in southern slopes protected from wind, in dry locations and sandy soil.

This species is included into the Red Lists of majority European countries. In Lithuania, it was discovered in 1999 and 2002 in Jurbarkas District.

Already this Saturday, February 25, the catalogue of postage stamps will be supplemented by a new postage stamp under the title “2012–the Year of Maironis”.

The postage stamp dedicated to the year of Maironis will be issued in edition of 100 000 copies with nominal value of LTL 3.35. The tête-bêchepostage stamps are printed in sheets of 10 stamps. The stamp depicts the portrait of Maironis in the background of the collection of poems Pavasario balsai or The Voices of Spring. The new postage stamp was created by the artist Valdonė Bručienė.

Along with the postage stamp, the first day cover and the first day sheet will be issued. On Saturday in the Kaunas Main Post Office all letter-post items paid by the new postage stamp will be stamped with a first day cancellation.

Jonas Mačiulis-Maironis–priest, poet, the author of dramas, Professor of the Saint Petersburg Roman Catholic Theological Academy, Rector of the Kaunas Seminary, Honorary Professor of the Vilnius University. In 1928, he was awarded the 2nd Class Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, and in 1931 he received the title of Prothonotary granted by the Pope.

His interest in literature arose during the gymnasium years, the period when the first lines, which had not survived, were composed. The first poem Lietuvos vargas or Sorrow of Lithuania was printed in the newspaper Aušra in 1885. A year later, under the pen name “Stanislovas Zanavykas”, he wrote the first chronological history of Lithuania in the Lithuanian language Apsakymai apie Lietuvos praeigą or Stories about the Lithuanian Past.

In 1891, the poet’s pseudonym “Maironis” appeared in the press. The poet had written and published many poems the best known collection of which was Pavasario balsai or The Voices of Spring. The collection was constantly supplemented by new poems.

Maironis was always interested in the genre of drama. On the grounds of his historical dramas, the State Theatre of Kaunas staged performances.

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

In Vilnius Main Post Office, the exhibition of photographs and postcards under the title The Bridges across Neris is already open. The famous philatelist Henrikas Kebeikis has presented for the exhibition almost five hundred photographs and postcards.

More than 60 different bridges across the River Neris having operated during various historical periods can be recognized in the pictures. The painting dating back to 1750 under the title The Bridge across Vilnelė, which can be seen in a photograph dated 1861, is the oldest exhibit.

The collection consists of Lithuanian postcards and photographs and the ones printed in Poland, Germany and other countries.

This is the second exhibition in Vilnius Main Post Office arranged by Henrikas Kebeikis. At the end of the last year, the philatelist presented for the exhibition his collection Postage Tariffs of Lithuania Post 1990-1996, which was awarded the Great Gold Medal in the international philatelic exhibition held in Belarus.

Mr Kebeikis has been engaged in the collection of postage stamps for almost half a century - since 1961. The philatelist started building up the collection of postcards with various bridges in 1963 after graduating from Kaunas Polytechnic Institute. The enthusiasm to collect the views of bridges strengthened in 1967, when he undertook management of Alytus A. Juozapavičius and Kaniūkai Bridges reconstruction works.

In total, more than 80 awards from different countries have been given for Mr Kebeikis’ collections.

The exhibition The Bridges across Neris will run in Vilnius Main Post Office until March 24.

On Saturday to come, February 4, three new postage stamps dedicated to the country’s famous people will appear in circulation. The new postage stamps feature the state figure Mikalojus Radvila Rudasis, the artist Domicelė Tarabildienė, and the composer Stasys Šimkus.

Each postage stamp from the continuous set Famous People has been issued in edition of 100 000 copies. The nominal value of the postage stamp depicting Mikalojus Radvila Rudasis is LTL 1.55. The one depicting Domicelė Tarabildienė has the nominal value of LTL 2, and LTL 2.90 is given to the postage stamp featuring Stasys Šimkus.

The new postage stamps will be issued along with the first day cover. On Saturday, in Vilnius Main Post Office, postal correspondence paid by the new postage stamps will be cancelled by the first day cancellation.

Mikalojus Radvila Rudasis - a nobleman of the Great Duchy of Lithuania, one of the most outstanding commanders in the Livonian War (1558-1583). In 1564, he led the Duchy’s army of the great commander Grigalius Chodkevičius into the Ula battle which took place near Polotsk and defeated Ivan the Terrible.

Domicelė Tarabildienė - Lithuanian painter, graphic artist, book illustrator, sculptor, photographer. Together with her husband Petras Tarabilda she won the first places in the postage stamp contest arranged in 1933 to commemorate the transatlantic flight of Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas. In the World Exhibition held in 1937 in Paris the both artists were awarded the golden medal for book illustrations.

Stasys Šimkus is one of the most famous Lithuanian composers and conductors. Stasys Šimkus managed to select valuable folk melodies and adapt them chorus; therefore, the composer is justly considered to be the classic of Lithuanian music. His grandest vocal-instrumental work is the opera Kaimas prie dvaro (The Village at Manor). He established a music school in Klaipėda in 1923 and headed it within the years 1924-1930. In 1930-1933, he was the conductor of the State Theatre. He contributed significantly to the arrangement of the first Lithuanian Song Festivals (held in 1924 and 1928) and acted as conductor.

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

On the 7th of January, AB Lietuvos paštas will put into circulation the first postage stamps of 2012. Nine new stamps in all will be available to Lithuania Post customers and collectors from that day.

On the next Saturday six postage stamps from the continuous series Lithuanian Folk Music Instruments and three postage stamps from the continuous series Coats of Arms of Lithuania Towns are to be issued.

The postage stamps dedicated to Lithuanian folk music instruments - wooden panpipe, clay pipe, bladderbow bass, alder bark trumpet, traditional plucked string instrument kanklės of Suvalkija, and cowhorn reed-pipe were designed by the artist Irma Balakauskaitė. The face value of these postage stamps varies from 0.1 to 2.15 LTL, their total edition is 4.2m copies.

The other three stamps depict the coats of arms of Kalvarija, Kavarskas, and Naujoji Akmenė. The nominal value of stamps with the image of coats of arms of Kalvarija and Kavarskas is 1.35 LTL, Naujoji Akmenė - 2.45 LTL. Each of these postage stamps will be issued in edition of 100,000.

Together with the new postage stamps the first day cover will be issued too. On the 7th of January, postal correspondence items paid by the new postage stamps will be cancelled with the first day issue cancel in Vilnius Region Main Post Office. Different date stamps were designed for each series.   

Lithuania Post issues an average of 25-30 different postage stamps per year. Lithuania Post also provides logistic, financial intermediation, and electronic services.

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