Sunday, August 30, 2009

My first cover from Spain!

Yesterday I am pleased to receive my first Spainish cover. Many thanks to Luis Hernandez Toribio from Alicante, Spain! The butterfly stamp franked on this cover is from the "Flora and Fauna" series, issued on 1st July 2009.
The butterfly depicted in this stamp belongs to the nominal subspecies Graellsia isabelae ssp.isabelae. It is a female specimen and according to entomologists, this Spanish butterfly is the most beautiful in Europe. It takes its name from its describer and naturalist Dr. Graells Agüera, who discovered it in 1849 in the Sierra de Guadarrama (Madrid).

Next, we have 2 identical stamps with vignettes depicting the composition of a human castle of various levels where the participants are wearing the typical clothing consisting of white trousers, a black sash, and a red shirt. These stamps were issued on 9th October 2008.

The series Traditional Sports and Games devotes this issue to the Castells (Human Towers), typical from some areas in Cataluña consisting on building human towers of various levels.
Castells belongs to the locomotion games and requires corporal movement. It is difficult to establish its origin and it is very popular in Catalonia especially in the north of Tarragona and south of Barcelona although it is also found in villages of the Alto Aragon where it is performed at the end of some folkloric dances. The building of these towers requires a technique that is passed on from one generation to the other.
Currently the Castells is a form of entertainment and competition where the colles- associations made up of people of all ages that make up the tower, compete to build the highest, some of which can have up to 10 levels.
This cover took 6 days to travel to Singapore. Thanks again, Luis! A cover is on the way to Spain!

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