Myths and flora of beautiful Bosnia and Herzegovina! Cornelian cherry appeared on a new stamp…

June 4th, 2016

Myths and flora of Bosnia and Herzegovina are strongly connected with each other, thus some mythological believes are implemented in natural phenomena, plants or animals. To underline its cultural heritage Croatian Post Mostar has issued a commemorative postage stamp in a block "Myths and flora – Cornelian cherry or European cornel in myths". invites our readers to appreciate the original and bright design of this philatelic item.

Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas L.), as a bush or short tree from the dogwood family Cornaceae, may grow up to 8 meters in height and can reach a lifetime of over 200 years. It is known by its yellow flowers and edible red, sour fruits (cornelian cherries), and is often mentioned in folk tradition. There is a famous saying: "Healthy as a cornelian cherry" – "Zdrav kao drijen", and in folk songs there are stories of a hero that is ready for combat if he is able to squeeze two drops of water from a dry cornelian cherry branch.

The cornelian cherry was used in wedding augury. And for fruitful marriages, young brides would look at the groom through the cornelian cherry wreath saying: "One pine, two pines, and third white little pine". That meant that they wished for two male children, then a third female child.