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This Saturday, July 12, to commemorate the inauguration of President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Vilnius Main Post Office will hold a special cancellation. A special cover (envelope) designed exclusively for this occasion will be released on the same day.

The special cancellation features the portrait of President Dalia Grybauskaitė surrounded by inscription Lietuvos Respublikos Prezidentės inauguracija. Vilnius 2014 07 12 (Inauguration of President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė).

The background of the cover features the President Palace of the Republic of Lithuania. At the bottom on the left side, the portrait of Her Excellency President Dalia Grybauskaitė, and the emblem of President of the Republic of Lithuania on the right side can be seen.

The special cover will be issued in the edition of 1000 copies. The price of the cover is LTL 1.35 with a stamp excluded. The cover issued on the occasion of inauguration of President of the Republic of Lithuania will be available at Vilnius and Kaunas Main Post Offices.

To commemorate the 90th Lithuanian Song Festival, Lithuania Post will release a new postage stamp. The new stamp under the title 90th Anniversary of the First Lithuania Song Festival will be put into circulation on June 28, Saturday.

The author of the new stamp is Aušrelė Ratkevičienė. The stamp will be issued in the edition of 80 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 1.35.

Along with the new stamp, the first day cover will be released. On Saturday at Kaunas Main Post Office postal correspondence paid by the stamp dedicated to the Song Festival will be marked by the first day cancellation.

The first Song Festival was arranged between the 23rd and 25th of August 1924 in Kaunas‘ Petras Vileišis Square during the Agricultural and Industry Exhibition. It used to be called The Day of Songs, and only choruses took part. Then 77 choruses (3 thousand singers) performed in front of 50 thousand listeners.

In 1950, The Day of Songs was supplemented by the Day of Dances. The festival was created by 57 dance groups, 41 ensembles playing panpipes, and 13 orchestras of wind-instruments. The children‘s chorus consisted of 3570 singers.

With restoration of Lithuania‘s independence, the 13th Lithuania Song Festival arranged in 1990 was called ‘national’. Since 1990, the event is organized every 4 years at the beginning of July.

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

Shenzhen, China
19 June 2014

Today the state-owned Public Limited Company Lietuvos paštas has signed a cooperation agreement with S.F. Express being one of the largest courier service providers in China. On the grounds of the agreement, the companies will cooperate in the field of items delivery from China to Europe, the EU member states, as well as Russia and Belarus.

Vice-minister of Transport and Communications and Lithuania Post’s Chairman of the Board Arijandas Šliupas said:

“Lithuania Post’s partnership with courier and mail delivery companies in China plays an important role in exploiting the potential of our country. Due to a convenient geographical location and well-developed transport infrastructure we are an especially attractive country in terms of transit of international correspondence. I have no doubts that this cooperation will allow Lithuania to become China’s, one of the biggest world markets, gate to Europe.”

According to Mr Šliupas, China has the largest e-commerce market in Asia and one of the largest markets in the world. Rapid market growth followed by increasing volumes of transported items prompts companies in China to search for safe and fast delivery of items to every country worldwide, including European countries.

CEO of Lithuania Post Lina Minderienė said:

“The partners in foreign countries highly value the quality of services provided by Lithuania Post and its flexibility, ability to offer unique solutions for fast and safe delivery of items. While strengthening our position in the market that is one of the largest in the world we open up new opportunities for the development of Lithuania Post and turnover growth.”

The project is also joined by the transport and logistics company Hoptrans located in Kaunas.

S.F. Express is one of the leading courier companies in China rendering services in China and other Asian countries as well as the USA and Australia.

In May of the current year, Lithuania Post has also entered into partnership with CLEVY, an international consulting and service provider located in Peking and specialized in aviation, transport and logistics sectors. The company focuses on services to Chinese companies enabling them to develop international business. CLEVY works with such companies as Alibaba Group being one of the largest world e-trade businesses the items of which make 60% of items delivered in China.

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

For the first time ever, Lithuania Post is going to release postage stamps dedicated to the national minorities of Lithuania. This Saturday, June 7, two stamps will be released to honour the Karaites.

Irma Balakauskaitė, the artist and the author of the new stamps, has used one stamp to depict Seraya Szapszal, a world famous orientalist and founder of the Karaites Museum. Another one features Vilnius Kenesa, the temple of the Karaim people. The both stamps issued in the edition of 40 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 2.15.

Along with the stamps, the first day cover will be released. On Saturday letter-post items paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation at Trakai post office.

Karaism, the religious movement, began in 8th-century Iraq. Their house of God is called ‘kenesa’.

Building of Vilnius Kenesa started in 1911, and the foundation-stone was sanctified in October of the same year. Because of World War I, the building works were stopped and later renewed in 1921. On 9 September 1923, Vilnius Kenesa was sanctified.

After Soviet occupation, the kenesa was closed in 1949. The temple was turned into a trust, and later the archive of geodesy service was established. In 1989, Vilnius Kenesa was returned to the community of Karaites. After repairs made in 1993, it was re-sanctified.

Seraya Szapszal was born in 1973 in Bağçasaray (Crimea). Within the years 1894-1899, he studied at the Faculty of Eastern Languages of St Petersburg University (studies of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Tartarian Languages). In 1915, S.Szapszal got himself elected ḥakham of Tauris (chief priest of the then Crimea). However, in 1919 he emigrated to Caucasus and then, after a year, to Turkey. In 1927, he was elected as ḥakham of Karaites in Poland, and in 1928 he arrived in Vilnius.

Being spiritual and secular leader of the Karaites, S.Szapszal proceeded with scientific activities: he taught the Turkish Langue at the Institutefor East European Studies and the School of Political Sciences, he also was a member of various scientific associations. After World War II, he used to work at the Institute of History under the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. In 1940 and 1945, he was forced to resign from the position of the religious leader. Irrespective of the change, in the eyes of the Karaites, he maintained his authority and was considered be a chief leader of the nation scattered all around the world.

S.Szapszal died on 18 November in 1961. In the course of 60 years of scientific work, he wrote more than 100 scientific works.

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

The Baltic Sea is one of the most contaminated seas in the world. To draw the public‘s attention to this problem, Lithuania Post is going to release a postage stamp dedicated to the Baltic Sea. The new stamp will be put into circulation on Saturday, May 24.

The stamp Save the Baltic Sea Has been created by the artist Martyna Stasiulionytė. The stamp with the nominal value of LTL 2.90 will be released in the edition of 80 thousand copies.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and a booklet will be released. On Saturday letter-post items paid by the stamp dedicated to the Baltic Sea will be marked by the first day cancellation at Klaipėda Main Post Office.

The Baltic Sea is the youngest world‘s sea and contains the smallest concentration of salts. The coast of the sea is one of the most beautiful coasts in Europe famous for diversity of banks, white beach sand and amber, the gold of North washed ashore by its waters. The amber scattered along the beach, being washed by waves, attract numbers of people wishing to experience the romance of search and discovery.

Regretfully, due to specific geographical, climatic, and oceanographic conditions the Baltic Sea is very sensitive to human activities. Because of oil spills, intensive fishing, contaminants from soil (large amounts of nutrients coming from agricultural and industrial sectors) and very intensive navigation, this is the most endangered ecosystems in the world.

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

Every year Lithuania Post takes part in the contest of Europe’s the most beautiful postage stamp. This year everyone is invited to vote for the most beautiful postage stamps featuring national music instruments of European countries.

This year Lithuania Post has released 2 postage stamps on the theme Musical Instruments. One stamp features the reed-pipe birbynė and the plucked string musical instrument kanklės; another one features the goat-horn ožragis and the wooden bells skrabalai. The latter stamp is representing Lithuania at the elections of the most beautiful European stamp.

The stamps to be released on May 3 have been created by the artist Ieva Turulytė. Each stamp will be released in the edition of 80 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 2.45.

The vote for the most beautiful stamp of Europe can be placed online at www.posteurop.org/europa2014. We invite everyone to take part in this contest and elect the most beautiful European stamp! Voting is open until August 31.

The first elections of the most beautiful postage stamps were arranged in 2002. Every year national postal operators can submit to the contest one stamp from the continuous series Europe. Last year the contest was arranged for the stamps depicting postal vans. The majority of votes were given to the Turkey’s philatelic product.

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

On the first Saturday of May, Lithuania Post will release 2 new postage stamps from the series Europe. This time the stamps of majority European countries will feature traditional national instruments. The Lithuanian stamps will be issued to commemorate wooden bells skrabalai, reed-pipe birbynė, goat-horn ožragis, and plucked string musical instrument kanklės.

The series of the two stamps has been created by the artist Ieva Turulytė. One of the two stamps features the goat-horn and wooden bells, and the other depicts the reed-pipe and the Lithuanian plucked string musical instrument. Each stamp will be issued in the edition of 80 thousand copies. The nominal value of each stamp is LTL 2.45.

Along with these stamps the first day cover will be released. On Saturday letter-post items paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

The goat-horn ožragis is a Lithuanian folk instrument made of the goat‘s horn with sound holes and wooden mouthpiece. The traditional goat-horn has 2-6 sound holes. Much strength is required to tootle the goat-horn, and the produced sound is very strong and heard far away. From days of old, the goat-horn has been played by shepherds, hunters, and folk ensembles, and during the battles it has been used to give signals. Nowadays, the goat-horn can be heard in the musical pieces of folk ensembles and modern jazz.

The wooden bells skrabalai are made of wood in the shape of trapezium and hanging in a small trapezium shape wooden box. In remote times the wooden bells were common among shepherds - they used to hang them on the cow’s neck in order to locate their place following the bells’ sounds.  The wooden bells produce a muted but very well heard sound. Presently they are used by the ensembles of orchestras to have playful tunes shading the whole orchestra.    

The reed-pipe birbynė is a folk wind-instrumentusually made of goose feather, straw, wood cortex, wood, or beast horn. The reed-pipes are used to imitate sounds, give shepherds’ signals, or play thepolyphonic
music sutartinės. Present-day reed-pipes are used in the programmes of the ensembles of orchestras and solo performances. 

The plucked string musical instrument kanklės has a body made from wood of a deciduous tree, and the cover is made of fir. This instrument has 5-12 strings. The instrument is used to play polyphonic melodies, songs, and dances. Since the 20th century, public concerts performed by kanklės are given. Nowadays the sounds produced by kanklės can be heard at international song festivals and in the programmes of the ensembles of orchestras. As a rule, the instrument is used to maintain harmony and rhythm.

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

On May 1, Lithuania will celebrate its 10th anniversary of membership in the European Union. To mark this occasion, Lithuania Post will issue a new postage stamp that will be put into circulation on April 26, Saturday.

The new stamp will be issued in the edition of 80 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 2.15. The stamp has been created by the artist Rūta Kajackaitė. The stamp features the EU flag – 12 stars in a circle on a blue background. The stars symbolize the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover will be released. Letter-post items paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation on Saturday at Vilnius Main Post Office.

The historical background of the European Union lies in the World War II. In 1950s, the European Coal and Steel Community started to unite European countries economically and politically in order to secure lasting peace.

Initially, the six founders, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, cooperated mainly in the areas of trade and economy. At present, 28 EU member states with almost 500 million people are solving many other issues directly related with our everyday life.

On the 1st of May 2004, Lithuania and other nine countries (Check Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Poland, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Hungary) became one of the then 25 EU members states with full rights.

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

Both Lithuania Post and the company Paletti are inviting everyone to send a handwritten postcard to their mothers. Specially for the occasion of Mother‘s Day the company Paletti has produced postcards that will be available free of charge at the largest post offices.

 

The postcards have been printed by the company Paletti run by Lithuanian and Finnish entrepreneurs. Each postcard has been issued in the edition of 8 thousand copies.

The postcards of two types will be distributed free of charge at the post offices from April 24 until May 4.

It became a tradition that at the beginning of the year Lithuania Post is inviting residents to give their suggestions on the themes for the postage stamps of the next year. After almost two months open for registration of themes Lithuania Post has received really diverse and unexpected suggestions.

“One of our main expectations is to involve as many people as possible into the stamp design process. We are glad that year by year our initiative receives a growing attention from the public. This year we have received suggestions on really interesting and unexpected themes such as graffiti, fluxus movement and art by Jurgis Mačiūnas, Street Music Day or commemoration of M. K. Čiurlionis‘ paintings,“ Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras said.

According to Mr Vaišnoras, citizens are following the events in Lithuania and the world, and this reflects in the suggested themes. For instance, the most popular suggestion made last year was an offer to honour the Olympic champion Rūta Meilutytė.

Introduction of euro, 250th anniversary of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis, Lithuanian satellites in cosmos, 25th  anniversary of restoration of independence of Lithuania, presidents of Lithuania are the themes mentioned most often this year.

Citizens could give their suggestions on the themes for postage stamps until the 30th of March on the website of Lithuania Post at www.post.lt. Should the offered theme is really original Lithuania Post will issue a stamp reflecting the theme, and the author of the theme will be awarded a prize.

The themes of postage stamps are selected by the Stamp Issuance Commission consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Communication and Lithuania Post, artists, historians, and professionals of other areas.

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

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