|Don't stop, keep going!|
29 December 2020
28 December 2020
27 December 2020
According to the official site of Kwanzaa:
Kwanzaa is an African American an pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana Studies. Kwanzaa, a seven-day cultural festival, begins December 26 and ends January 1. It joins communitarian values and practices of Continental African and African American culture.
During the holiday, families and communities organize activities around the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles): Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith). Participants also celebrate with feasts (karamu), music, dance, poetry, narratives and end the holiday with a day dedicated to reflection and recommitment to The Seven Principles and other central cultural values.
It sounds like a great festival! USPS issued the first Kwanzaa stamp in 1997, and has issued 14 stamps since then (of which I have got these three).
26 December 2020
I reused an illustrated envelope (from the Philatelic Service) to send a letter to Heleen (the Netherlands). The Mafalda stamp (top right) exists as a real stamp. But it has no value impressed on the envelope.
25 December 2020
24 December 2020
|The Mystic Lamb, Angles Playing Music|
Jan & Hubert Van Eyck, 1432
|Illustration by Molly Brett|
23 December 2020
I just hope he doesn't get lost!