Monday, August 7, 2017

Japan: Mount Fuiji

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige.



Thanks to my uncle K.Diwakar Pai who was visiting Japan. Nice Cancellations used.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Portugal: Bom Jesus De Monte, Braga

Bom Jesus do Monte is a Portuguese sanctuary in Tenões, outside the city of Braga, in northern Portugal. Its name means Good Jesus of the Mount. The Sanctuary is a notable example of pilgrimage site with a monumental, Baroque stairway that climbs 116 meters (381 feet). It is an important tourist attraction of Braga.



Thanks to Ines.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

USA: Virginia

Virginia was the 10th state in the USA; it became a state on June 25, 1788.
State Capital - Richmond
Largest City - Virginia Beach
State Nickname - Old Dominion
State Motto - "Sic Semper Tyrannis" (Thus Always to Tyrants)
State Bird- Cardinal



Thanks to Ms Alyssa.

China: Bronze Chariot, Xian

Two large scale-models of bronze chariots and horses came unearthed in December, 1980, about 20 meters east of the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. They were tagged Chariot No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Both required extensive restorations, over two and half years, before displayable in public. No. 2 was unveiled first -- in 1983, then No.1 -- in 1988. These were encased in a wooden box measuring 6.8 x 2.1x 2 meters for over two thousand years. And the box was buried 8 meters down in a trench. The trench runs 7 meters east to west, with a width of 2.3 meters. These are half size scale-models of real chariots and horses, faithfully copied down to the last detail, complete with horses and people. They are constructed with bronze and cast bullion. There are 1,720 gold and silver pieces, weighing 7 kilograms. No. 1 chariot is in the lead, with a four-horse team. It has been painted white by conservation workers.




Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. Cancellation from Xian depicting Chariot.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

USA: Native American Symbols



USA: Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. The small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1934 until 1963. Beginning in November 1969, the island was occupied for more than 19 months by a group of Native Americans from San Francisco who were part of a wave of Native activism across the nation with public protests through the 1970s. In 1972, Alcatraz became part of a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Portugal: April Bridge, Lisbon

The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left (south) bank of the Tagus river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966, and a train platform was added in 1999.



Thanks to Ms Ines.

Portugal: Trams

The Lisbon tramway network serves the municipality of Lisbon, capital city of Portugal. In operation since 1873, it presently comprises five urban lines.



Thanks to Ms Ines.

India: Tabla

The tabla is a South Asian membranophone percussion instrument, consisting of a pair of drums, used in traditional, classical, popular and folk music. It has been a particularly important instrument in Hindustani classical music since the 18th century, and remains in use in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.



Thanks to Mr Shafath Ahmed for sending it from a Postcrossing Meetup.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Malaysia: Ramadan

Ramadan, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.



Thanks to Ms Jaya. The card shows The Sultan Sallahuddin Mosque in Shah Alam. Wishing all my friends a very happy Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia: Mecca

Mecca is a city in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia that is also capital of the Makkah Region. As the birthplace of Muhammad and the site of Muhammad's first revelation of the Quran (specifically, a cave 3 km (2 mi) from Mecca), Mecca is regarded as the holiest city in the religion of Islam and a pilgrimage to it known as the Hajj is obligatory for all able Muslims. Mecca is home to the Kaaba, by majority description Islam's holiest site, as well as being the direction of Muslim prayer.

 


Thanks to Mr Ahmed. This card was posted from Kuwait.

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