Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Awesome cover from Pakistan!

Today is the third day of the Chinese New Year! Unlike the Western New Year, the festival is an ongoing celebration that lasts 15 days. In Singapore, the first two days of Chinese New Year are public holidays, since the first day (February 14) fell on a Sunday so celebration of the holiday is extended through Tuesday. Tomorrow, most businesses will reopen. As for myself, I am clearing my annual leaves and only returning to office on next Monday! :)

Well! Back to philately, today, I would like to share with you guys this awesome cover received from Pakistan. Many thanks to Ehsan Ur Rehman!

The first 2 stamps franked from the left, definitives, bear a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah were issued in 1998. The "father of the nation", Jinnah fought for the cause of India's independence from Britain, then moved on to found a Muslim state in Pakistan in 1947.

Next, we have a lovely stamp issued on 20 Nov 2005 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of SOS children's villages of Pakistan, a private social welfare Organization dedicated to provide homes for orphans and abandoned children.
The special features of SOS Children Villages is that they are not traditional orphanages; they provide children with a warm, family type environment, in the village ever effort is made to enrich children with strong moral values, sound education and skills that will enable them to become productive and dependable citizens.

The fourth stamp was issued on 1 July 2006 to mark the Shandur Polo Festival. Every year, in the second week of July, polo teams from Chitral and Gilgit face each other in Shandur — the world’s highest polo ground. This event dates back to old colonial times when in the ‘30s a British political agent, Maj Evelyn Cobb, who was fond of playing the game in the moonlit Shandur, initiated polo matches in the area.

The extreme right stamp depicts Lake Saiful Malook.
The lake is said to have been named after a prince called Saiful Malook who being captivated by the serenity of the area used to come here every day. One day when he was visiting the lake, he happened to see a very beautiful fairy with her companions at the bank of the lake. It was love at first sight and both feel in love with each other. They thus kept meeting each other regularly at the lake. Their love, romance and stories of their meetings spread far and wide. But suddenly one day the fairy stopped coming to the lake. The prince became crestfallen and sad and could not bear the pain and suffering of this separation. While searching for her around the lake one day he chances to spot the same companions of his love at a different location. He thus begs them to inform him about the whereabouts of his fairy. Instead all of them laugh away at his condition except one of them who takes pity on him and tells him that his love has been confined far away within a palace at a place called Caucasus. The prince thus sets forth the search of his fairy and against many odds and dangers finally succeeds in finding and marrying her at last. Last but not least, is a stamp to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Habib Public School Karachi, a boarding university-preparatory school. It was issued on 29 March 2009.

Got to go! Have a great day ahead!

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