By N.A. Mirza
Saudi Post recently released some commemoratives. They are mainly thematic and highlight cultural, religious and regional traditions. It is very interesting to note that for the last some years Saud Post releases small and attractive sheetlets, each containing four to eight stamps with plain and beautiful floral and geometrical designs on the borders. In cases of personalities portraits are also depicted on the borders.
1. Eid Al-Fitr is a new topic on which the Saudi Post released the sheetlet containing six pieces of stamps in the denomination of SR2. The calligraphic work in Arabic is a standard greeting “Kullo aam wa antum bakhair” expressed while greeting elders, friends, acquaintances, well-wishers etc. on the eve of two Eids and the Islamic new year. Eid Sayeed is yet another standard greeting among the Arabs. Greetings cards carry both these greetings. In the sub-continent we find mainly Eid Sayeed on the Eid greeting cards. In the Subcontinent Eid Al-Fitr is commonly known Ramazan Eid.
3. Saudi Arabia celebrates National Day on September 23 with great fervor. In Arabic it is called Yaum Al-Watani. The day represents the Kingdom\’s identity and is greatly associated with the unification of the country by the late King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud in 1932. The day embodies all the customs and traditions of the country and signifies the true spirit of the Saudi Arabian nation. The day is a public holiday.
4. The block on Haj clockwise depicts pilgrims in the plains of Arafat and Mount of Mercy known in Arabic as Jabl Al-Rahma while in India and Pakistan the mountain is known as Jabl-e-Rahmat. Standing in the Plains of Arafat is a must for every pilgrim. The second stamp shows the Holy Ka’aba and the pilgrims performing Tawaf (circumambulation); the third shows expanded Prophet’s Mosque in Madina Munawwara, and finally, the fourth one depicts Grand Mosque in Makkah inside of which is located the Holy Ka’aba and pilgrims are performing Tawaf. This very stamp also commemorates the Eid Al-Adha. In the sub continent Eid Al-Adha is commonly known as Bakri Eid or Meethi Eid. The Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosques have been under expansion to accommodate the ever increasing number of piligrims.
5. In the year 1433H other commemoratives too were released by the Saudi Post. On the eve of HRH Crown Prince Sultan’s death a commemorative, a miniature and an FDC was issued. He was earlier the Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation, and Inspector-General. For his humanitarian and philanthropic activities late Prince Sultan was also called Sultan Al-Khair. Prince Sultan University in Riyadh one of the examples of his philanthropic deeds. \”The notable humanitarian deeds impact not only on its recipient, but rather the great effect is for those who extended it. It shows cherish and self-stratification and create wide comfort upon ourselves and reward of God is immense. We are today suffering of difficulties, thus humanity needs solidarity and passion to support charitable aiding, and its flourishing impact,\” he said once. He died on October 22, 2011.
The other two issues are commemorate Arab Postal Day and the 18 th GCC Stamp Exhibition that was in Jeddah
6. These eye catching and beautiful covers on smooth hard papers were released on the eve of Silver Jubliee of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) founded on 26 May 1981. GCC groups Bahrain; Kuwait; Oman; Qatar; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is now extremely difficult to get them. The stamp is in triangular shape.