Christmas 2014 celebrated by MaltaPost

November 15th, 2014 is glad to inform that MaltaPost will issue a set of 4 stamps depicting scenes from the live crib in Gozo - Bethlehem f'Għajnsielem, a yearly production staged by the inhabitants of Ghajnsielem in Gozo. This Christmas release will be put into circulation on the 17th of November.

The pageant seeks to replicate, in a live manner, the atmosphere and environs of Bethlehem at the time when Jesus Christ was born over 2000 years ago. The event commences with the reenactments of Mary and Joseph's trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem and is concluded with the adoration of the Magi on the Epiphany.

The stamps carry a face value of €0.26, €0.59, €0.63 and €1.16. The €0.26 stamp draws focus on the traditional Nativity scene, while the €0.59 stamp gives prominence to the Magi as they visit the Holy Family. The €0.63 stamp features shepherds close to a fire with the Għajnsielem church in the background and the €1.16 stamp portrays the Holy Family in the stable. Photographer Daniel Cilia shot the photos featured on the stamps.