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Hungary Post’s Easter 2012 stamp issue

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The volume of letters and postcards sent by the public at post offices usually leaps twice every year as part of the festivities at Christmas and Easter. This, as well as Hungarian philatelic traditions, prompts Magyar Posta to mark Christianity's major feast by issuing a new stamp each year.

Magyar Posta's philatelic novelty was designed by the graphic artist Dora Keresztes, made by the state printing company Allami Nyomda and released on 24 February in the presence of Bishop Antal Spanyi in the building of the Hungarian Catholic Radio by Deputy CEO Gabor Bakati.

Redemption through the death by crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important message of Christian good tidings. The stamp design employs a folk style to depict the deposition with the mourning Mary holding the body of her son Jesus Christ after he was taken down from the cross. The first day cover is adorned by a graphic composition inspired by baroque folk traditions and an object associated with popular piety, metal outdoor statues of Christ on the cross. The special postmark repeats the floral motif of the stamp design.

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