Christmas 2013: Bethlehem Star stamp from Germany

Christmas 2013: Bethlehem Star stamp from Germany

German Post issued a stamp for the Christmas 2013. The Christmas stamp was traditionally introduced with a sign of charity: five dots forming a plus next to the motto "doing good – help with stamps". The additional cost of the stamp is charged in favor of the charity organizations.

The current Christmas stamp "Star of Bethlehem" reminds of the central events of the Holy Night. The Gospel of Matthew says about the worship of the newborn by magicians or wise men from the East. Three kings named Caspar, Melchior and Balthazarwere brought by the holy starin the little town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of the newborn Jesus. They wanted to pay their respects to the child with gold, frankincense and myrrh. This event is celebrated on the 6th January as "Three Kings Day" or "Epiphany".

In Germany the custom called "Singing Star" is related to the Epiphany celebration. Children dressed as the Three Kings go from house to house to collect donations especially for disadvantaged children.

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