Malta post issued stamps illustrating various elements of culture as a part of SEPAC 2015. The theme of the year 2015 stamps is Culture and the members will issue such stamps from their respective countries.
The stamps features Maltese culture, which include the Regatta, the Festa and the Easter Sunday procession which portray religious influences on Maltese culture as well as national feasts celebrated during the year.
Religious influences on Maltese culture
The Maltese are devout Catholics, and religion still holds an important place in Maltese society. There are around 365 churches and chapels throughout the Islands – one for every day of the year. Each town has its parish church that annually celebrates its festa.
This yearly occasion marks the day of the patron saint of each parish with marching bands, processions, fireworks and other festivities.
The statue featured on the 0.26 stamp illustrates the feast of St George in Victoria Gozo which is celebrated in summer during several days of external festivities, cultural fare and popular entertainment.
The statue of the Risen Christ which is portrayed on the 1.16 is carried around the streets of many towns and villages on Easter Sunday accompanied by a band playing festive tunes.
At the end of this procession, the way is cleared and the statue-bearers take a run to carry the Risen Christ triumphantly back into the church. The photo on the stamp was captured in ¯ebbug Malta.
National feasts in Malta
The national days of the 31st March and 8th September are marked by unique activities including boat races called Regattas. The Regatta is held called Regattas.
The Regatta is held in the Grand Harbour, which serves as a magnificent backdrop for the colourful Maltese boats, driven by rowing teams mainly from the towns around the inner harbour area. A snapshot of these rowing races is captured on the 0.59 stamp.
Title: SEPAC 2015 – Malta
Date of Issue: 16 June 2015
Denominations: €0.26, €0.59, €1.16
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