Lithuania Post to Issue a Stamp Dedicated to Priest and Poet Maironis

Already this Saturday, February 25, the catalogue of Lithuanian postage stamps will be supplemented by a new stamp under the title "2012 - the Year of Maironis". This stamp will be issued in edition of 100 000 copies with nominal value of LTL 3.35 (0.97 euros).

The tete-beche postage stamps are printed in sheets of 10 stamps. The stamp depicts the portrait of Maironis in the background of the collection of poems Pavasario balsai or The Voices of Spring. The new postage stamp was created by the artist Valdone Bruciene. Along with the postage stamp, the first day cover and the first day sheet will be issued.

Jonas Maciulis-Maironis - priest, poet, the author of dramas, Professor of the Saint Petersburg Roman Catholic Theological Academy, Rector of the Kaunas Seminary, Honorary Professor of the Vilnius University. In 1928, he was awarded the 2nd Class Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, and in 1931 he received the title of Prothonotary granted by the Pope.

In 1891, the poet's pseudonym "Maironis" appeared in the press. The poet had written and published many poems the best known collection of which was Pavasario balsai or The Voices of Spring. The collection was constantly supplemented by new poems.

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