Monday, September 13, 2010

#426 Singapore...Thanks Stephen!

The 1st Local stamp on the left is from 2008 Festivals issue featuring Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

One of two main festivals celebrated by the Muslims in Singapore,Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a joyous occasion marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Signifying openness of mind and heart,it is customary on this day for Muslims to attend prayers in the mosque and to seek forgiveness from one another.Then,decked in their finest clothes,they'd visit family and friends for feasting and community bonding.

The 65c stamp on the right was issued in 2010 celebrating Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games held between 14 to 26 August 2010.

It was the inaugural Summer Youth Olympics, a major sports and cultural festival celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games. A total of 3,531 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed in 201 events in 26 sports.Singapore 2010 is not just about sports,competition and breaking records.It's about doing one's best;about participating as much as about winning; about forging friendships in spite of diversity;about respecting oneself and others,rules and regulations and the environment.

The stamp highlights the mascots of the Games:Lyo and Merly, a fire-themed lion and a water-themed female merlion respectively.

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