November 1st, 2014

Christmas stamp depicts "Bethlehem in Winter" by Josef Lada is glad to inform that Czech Post is to issue the Christmas stamp. This item depicts the picture "Bethlehem in Winter" by Josef Lada. The stamp is t be released on the 5th of November.

The stamp features the 1942 picture "Bethlehem in Winter" by Josef Lada, used by the courtesy of the National Gallery in Prague. This motif already appeared on Czech Post's 2013 New Year envelope.

In the Christian tradition, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Together with Easter and Pentecost, it is a major Christian holiday.

Most Czech people mistakenly consider Christmas Eve (24th of December) to be the culmination of Christmas. Some people also include Advent, a season preceding Christmas, into Christmas. Christmas is accompanied by a number of traditions, such as Christmas tree, nativity scene, gifts brought by Little Jesus, Christmas sweets.

Some of these traditions date back to the pre-Christian era and are related to the celebration of solstice that takes place in the same days. The original, religious meaning of Christmas has however almost disappeared and Christmas is considered as a major public holiday.

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