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Festivals 2010 – Singapore

Festivals 2010 - Singapore
Singapore post issued a set of eight stamps featuring four different festivals Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Christmas of 2010.

The stamps features the artistic symbol of each festival.

# Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar.

Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.

Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner.

It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck.

# Deepavali

Diwali or Deepavali, the “festival of lights” is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated every year.

The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices.

On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

# Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Eid al-Fitr, “festival of breaking of the fast” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month.

# Christmas

Christmas in the Tropics is a month-long festival that takes the carnival to the streets in Singapore’s all-year round balmy, summer heat.

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25

Festivals 2010 - Singapore
Festivals 2010 - Singapore
Title: Festivals 2010 – Singapore
Date of Issue: 20 October 2010
Country: Singapore
Denominations: 1st local x 4, 55c x 4

Source: www.shop.vpost.com.sg

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