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Songkran Day 1996 (Year of the Rat) Postage Stamp


Songkran Day 1996 (Year of the Rat) Postage Stamp



Songkran Day 1996 (Year of the Rat) Postage Stamp Imperforated Souvenir Sheet.

Imperforated Souvenir Sheet / Proof




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 Issue Name :

Songkran Day 1996 (Year of the Rat) Postage Stamp

 Issue Date : 1996-04-13
 Perforation : 13.5 x 14
 Denomination : 2 Baht
 Details : Songkran Day - the Ancient Thai New Year

     Songkran is a Sanskrit word meaning passing or moving into, specifically referring to the passage of the sun into a particular sign of the zodiac. A sign refers to a particular group of stars, ther being a total of twelve zodiac signs. It takes approximately on monrth for the the sun to move in and out of a particular sign and when twelve signs have passed, a year is completed. Thi one year is called a "nakasat" year, (nakasat years refer to cycle of 12 years, called 12 nakasats). Images of different types of animals are used to represent particular signs for each of the years, namely:

  1. The year of the rat :
  2. a rat and a male angel.
  3. The year of the ox :
  4. a cow and a male human being.
  5. The year of the tiger :
  6. a tiger and a female human being.
  7. The year of the rabbit :
  8. a rabbit and a female being.
  9. The year of the great snake :
  10. the Naga king and a male angel.
  11. The year of the snake :
  12. a small snake and a male human being.
  13. The year of the horse :
  14. a horse and a female angel.
  15. The year of the goat :
  16. a goat and a female angel.
  17. The year of the monkey :
  18. a monkey and a male butterfly.
  19. The year of the rooster :
  20. a rooster and a male butterfly.
  21. The year of the dog :
  22. a dog and a female butterfly.
  23. The year of the pig :
  24. a pig and female human being.

     Songkran Day of B.E. 2539 (1996) coincides with the year of the rat, its nakasat sign depicting a male angel seated atop a rat. The next year, B.E. 2540 (1997), being the year of th ox will have as its nakasat sign, a male human being seated atop an ox, and the cycle continues until its completetion in the twelfth nakasat sign and henceforth a new cycle
resumes with the year of the rat.

 Size : 21 x 26 mm.
 Printer : Joh. Enschedé Security Printers Holland


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