Friday, March 5, 2010

#113 Philippines...Thanks Ritz!

The 2 stamps above are 2009 Philippines-India joint issue depicting Gangetic Dolphin and Whale Shark. (See Post #053 )

The 2 stamps below are 2009 Philippines-Korea joint issue showing Panagbenga Festival and Hangawi Sonori.

Panagbenga is a month-long annual flower festival occurring in Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines. The term is of Malayo-Polynesian origin, meaning "season of blooming". The festival, held during the month of February, was created as a tribute to the city's flowers and as a way to rise up from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake. The festival includes floats that are decorated with flowers unlike those used in Pasadena's Rose Parade. The festival also includes street dancing, presented by dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes.

Sonori (Cow Play) in Hangawi is a festival that falls on the 15th of August by the lunar calendar is one of the biggest national holidays in Korea, when people celebrate the year’s good harvest and observe worship service to family ancestors. At this time, when newly harvested grains and fruits are abundant, as indicated in the saying “May every day be neither more nor less than Hangawi!”, the Sonori is performed. To the tune of cheerful musical instruments of the farmer’s band, two people put on straw mats shaped like a cow and visit door to door, wishing for a year of good harvest and peace and tranquility.

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