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Friday, April 04, 2014

Hello, well Friday night and time for some relaxation and stamps. Hope you like this. From the 1984 Chinese lanterns issue from Hong Kong.  SG 461 and with a catalogue value or £12.00.  

Some history: The Lantern Festival is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the lunar calendar marking the last day of the Lunar New Year celebration.
During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns
In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones.

 For example, lanterns are now often made in the shape of animals. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolize good fortune.
I will have this and the other stamps from this set listed in my Bidstart Store over the weekend.    Hope you enjoy my other Hong Kong lots listed  here
Have a great philatelic weekend



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