Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Thailand IV

Postcrossing card from Ubon Ratchathani in eastern Thailand. It shows the city's famous Candle Festival, which had been celebrated the day prior to the postcrosser sending the card. The Candle Festival is a traditional festival to mark the beginning of Buddhist Lent. Monks retreat to their quarters to meditate, and laypeople donate items for their personal use, in particular candles to help them dispel the rainy season gloom of their quarters and of the wat. In Ubon Ratchathani, giant candles representing the city's various temples are now paraded through the streets. Thanks to Aey for the card!

Two lotus stamps are 2011 definitives. Two stamps on the right are from a 2008 set of four commemorating World Environment Day, drawing attention to the issue of global warming and climate change. Bottom stamp commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union, a regional organisation founded in 1962 to spread, facilitate and improve postal coorperation and relationship among Member States.

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