Complete Set of 4 nos of postage stamps on the Greetings :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 30, 2003
Type : Se–tenant strip of 4 Stamps, Mint condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 400, 400, 500 & 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.8 million each
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Limited, Kanpur
- The human species is an evolutionary marvel. Occupying the topmost rung of the evolutionary ladder, it is bequeathed with amazing qualities of head and heart. The development of the brain, especially the forebrain is primarily responsible for these capacities, not only intellectual but also emotional even though the heart is commonly symbolized as the seat of emotion. As the infant sets sail on the journey of life, his emotional repertoire is extremely small but as a consequence of growth and development, it widens and differentiates. Among the most pristine emotions, however, is happiness. Its experience is ethereal and its expression assumes countless hues, each hue unique, liberating the mind and lending vibrance to the spirit. Sample the mirthful farmer who breaks into a dance at the sight of a rich harvest, the revelry of a victorious army, the merriment of a winning cricket team, the euphoric “Eureka!“ of Archimedes; each situation is a colourful portraiture of happiness. Another expression of happiness is through the exchange of greetings at festivals or other occasions and has been practised since time immemorial.
- History has recorded the prevalence of greetings from ancient times. The expression of seasonal greetings in Rome was marked by exchange of Roman Lamps impressed with the figures of victory surrounded by strenae inscribed “Anno novo faustum felix tibi sit” (May the new year be happy and lucky for you). Even in ancient Egypt, New Year was celebrated through exchange of symbolic presents such as scent bottles and scarabs inscribed, “Au ab nab” (All goodluck). The practice of sending acknowledgements for the New Year continues in Europe through the early days of Christianity.