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International Pride Day

The famous rainbow flag originated in San Francisco. It was designed by Gilbert Baker, an artist and gay rights activist at the end of the 1970s. The original design had eight colours: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue and purple. There are various ideas about the meaning of the colours in the flag. Some people associate each one with a sexual orientation, but Baker thought otherwise: pink – sexuality; red – life; orange – health; yellow – sunlight; green – nature; turquoise – magic and art; blue – serenity; and purple – spirit.

Issue Date:03.07.2020 Process:Offset Size:40,9 x 28,8 mm

Virgin of Collado Stewardship

The stamp devoted to the Virgen del Collado Stewardship, one of the oldest traditions still preserved in eastern Andalusia, specifically in the Jaen district of El Condado, in the village of Santisteban del Puerto. The Stewardship is a secular custom with its original roots in Medieval Spain. We know from the 14th century Capitulant Books that even then it was already celebrated as a group of devotional demonstrations devoted to the Virgen del Collado, whose image appeared on 26 April 1232 to the labourer, Esteban Solís, who was working his lands on a hill when he brought up a bell while ploughing which had the figure of the Virgin inside it. When the event became known it was credited with being a miracle. The image of the Virgin took the name “Collado” (hill) from the place where she was found and she was named patron saint of Santisteban.

Issue Date:03.07.2020 Process:Offset Size:28,8 x 40,9 mm

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