Christmas is considered as one of the most important and joyful Christian holidays giving a message of peace and love.
Serbia post issued two stamps featuring icon of the Annunciation and the Adoration of the Kings as a part of celebration of Christmas 2015.
Christmas 2015 Celebration
The entire Christian world celebrates the Nativity of Chirst holidays on 25th December.
However, three Orthodox Patriarchates – Jerusalem, Russian and Serbian, count the time according to the Julian calendar, and their believers, due to the difference of 13 days, celebrate Christmas on 7th January.
Christmas in Serbia is commemorated three days. This is, above all, a family holiday, marked with numerous ancient traditions.
On the eve of Christmas, so-called Badnji Dan (Day before Christmas), Badnjak (an oak-tree yule log) is brought into the house, a vigil lamp is lighted, and straw scattered across the floor, together with some sweets, prunes, walnuts, sugar cubes and coins hidden.
The straw is there to symbolise the Nativity scene, the yule log is a symbol of longevity and steadiness of Christianity, and the warmth of love that Christ brings to us by His birth and arrival to the Earth.
On the Christmas day, early in the morning, the church bells toll and announce the arrival and birth of Christ.
The people go to church to the Christmas Liturgy and greet one another: “Christ is Born!”, answering: “He is truly Born!”
Motive on the stamp with a face value of 23.00 dinars: The icon of the Annunciation, by D. Bacevic, 1769, from the collection of the Gallery of Matica Srpska.
Motive on the stamp with a face value of 70.00 dinars:The icon of the Adoration of the Kings, by N. Neškovic, 1763, from the collection of the Gallery of Matica Srpska.
Title: Christmas 2015 Celebration Serbia
Date of Issue: 15 October 2015
Denominations: 23.00 dinars, 70.00 dinars
Source: Serbia Post