Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21: International Day of Yoga

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga. On December 1, 2016, Yoga was listed as UNESCO’s Intangible cultural heritage.

Thanks to Ms Seetas.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Germany: Tegelberg Cable Car

The Tegelberg Cable Car lies on the Tegelberg mountain near Schwangau in southern Bavaria. The cable car is 2,146.18 metres long, climbs a height of 892.5 metres, has a carrying cable of 48 mm in diameter and a hauling cable of 26 mm in diameter. It has two cabins each capable of transporting up to 44 persons. They are driven by a 2,540 KW engine. The cableway has a 38 metre high support pillar, made of reinforced concrete.

Thanks to Ms Ina. Nice postmark of Tegelberg is used.

Monday, June 19, 2017

USA: West Virginia

West Virginia was the 35th state in the USA. It became a state on June 20, 1863.
State Capital - Charleston
State Nickname - Mountain State
State Bird- Cardinal
State Animal- Black Bear

Thanks to "Cat Mom"

Friday, June 9, 2017

Finland: Red Fox

The red fox (Vulpes vulpes), largest of the true foxes, has the greatest geographic range of all members of the Carnivora order, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, North America and Eurasia. It is listed as least concern by the IUCN. Its range has increased alongside human expansion, having been introduced to Australia, where it is considered harmful to native mammals and bird populations. Due to its presence in Australia, it is included among the list of the "world's 100 worst invasive species".

Thanks to Riitta Kiljunen

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Switzerland: Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch is a notable saddle in the Bernese Alps, connecting the two four-thousander peaks Jungfrau and Mönch, at an elevation of 3,466 metres (11,371 ft) above sea level. It is a glacier saddle, on the upper snows of the Aletsch Glacier, and part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch area, situated on the boundary between the cantons of Bern and Valais, halfway between Interlaken and Fiesch. The Sphinx Observatory, one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, provides an additional viewing platform at a height of 3,572 metres (11,719 ft).

Thanks to Mr Prashanth Baliga for posting it from Highest Post office in Europe.

International Day, June 5: World Environment Day

Man is both creature and moulder of his environment, which gives him physical sustenance and affords him the opportunity for intellectual, moral, social and spiritual growth. In the long and tortuous evolution of the human race on this planet a stage has been reached when, through the rapid acceleration of science and technology, man has acquired the power to transform his environment in countless ways and on an unprecedented scale. The United Nations, aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world, designated 5 June as the World Environment Day. The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated all over the world.

Thanks to Mr Sudhir Pai who was visiting Australia.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

International Day, May 31: World No Tobacco Day

The theme for World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017, is "Tobacco – a threat to development." It will propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

Thanks to

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Chinese Zodiac: Year of Dragon

The Year of the Dragon is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 辰, pronounced chen. In the Buddhist calendar used in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the Dragon is replaced by the Nāga. In the Gurung zodiac, the Dragon is replaced by the eagle. The Dragon people can live happily with the Snake, for the Snake can prevent the Dragon from behaving outrageously.

Thanks to MS Yungya.

Chinese Zodiac: Year of Dog

The Year of the Dog is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 戌. The character 狗 refers to the actual animal while 戌 refers to the zodiac animal.

Thanks to Ms Mira

Chinese Zodiac: Year of Horse

There is a long tradition of the horse in Chinese mythology. Certain characteristics of the Horse nature are supposed to be typical of or to be associated with either a year of the Horse and its events, or in regard to the personality of someone born in such a year. Horse aspects can also enter by other chronomantic factors or measures, such as hourly.

Thanks  to Ms Nicole

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Chinese Zodiac: Year of Rooster

The Rooster is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rooster is represented by the Earthly Branch character. The name is also translated into English as Chicken. Rooster is the only bird included in the Chinese zodiac.

Thanks to Ms Dadja Alphonse

May 29: International Day of UN Peacekeepers

The theme for the 2017 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “Investing in Peace Around the World.” The Day offers a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilians personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3,500 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 117 last year.
Peacekeeping is an investment in global peace, security, and prosperity. It is a flagship enterprise of the United Nations. Today, it deploys more than 113,000 military, police and civilian personnel in 16 peacekeeping operations on four continents. It is a flexible, evolving instrument that brings together political, security and technical tools to assist countries make the difficult transition from conflict to peace.
Over time, peacekeeping has grown from simply monitoring ceasefires to protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants, protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law, supporting free and fair elections, minimizing the risk of land-mines and so much more. They have also worked to ensure that women are represented in peace processes, political life, and in branches of government including in uniformed services. All of these efforts are fundamental investments in building lasting peace.

Thanks to Ms Mel.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

USA: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. It forms the parish seat of East Baton Rouge Parish and is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. The card also features the Louisiana State Capitol which is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Louisiana and is located in down town Baton Rouge. At 450 feet (137 m) tall and with 34 stories, it is the tallest building in Baton Rouge, the seventh tallest building in Louisiana, and tallest capitol in the United States.

Thanks to Ms Erin.

USA: Utah

Utah was the 45th state in the USA- It became a state on January 4, 1896.
State Capital - Salt Lake City
State Nickname - Beehive State
State Bird- California Sea Gull
State Animal- Rocky Mountain Elk

Thanks to Ms Linda

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity

Diversity in species, ecosystems and landscapes attracts tourism and promotes economic growth. In turn, a well-managed tourist sector can help reduce threats to key wildlife populations, and can maintain or increase biodiversity, through tourism revenue. The celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism” is an opportunity to raise awareness of the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation of biodiversity.

Post card 1

Thanks to Ms Pam

Postcard 2

Thanks to Ms Anitha

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

USA: Kansas

Kansas was the 34th state in the USA; it became a state on January 29, 1861.
State Capital - Topeka
Largest City - Wichita
State Nickname - Sunflower State
State Bird- Western Meadowlark
State Animal- Buffalo 

Thanks to Mr Ruth.

USA: Huston

Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States. With a census-estimated 2014 population of 2.239 million within an area of 667 square miles (1,730 km2) it is also the largest city in the southern United States and the seat of Harris County.

Thanks to Ms Shelby.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Japan: Fireworks

Thanks to Ms Shino of Japan.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Internatioanl Day, May 10- World Migratory Bird Day

This is the second year that the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) participates in the World Migratory Bird Day campaign to raise awareness about the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats in particular, and about environmental issues in general throughout the world.

Thanks to Ms Anuette from Germany.

International Day, May 10 : "Vesak", the Day of the Full Moon

"Vesak", the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away.

I posted this card when I visited Nepal.