Germany-DDR 1982 Sorbian customs

From Stamps of the World
  • Label : „Deutsche Post“ of the German Democratic Republic; 1982; commemorative se-tenant of the issue „Sobian folk costums

(issue of 1 se-tenant à 6 different stamps)

The Sorbs are a West Slavic group on German territory. The most of them are settling in areas of Lusatia (between Cottbus and Dresden) since ca. 1400 years.

Stamp datas:

  • Catalog numbrers : Michel: No.2716-2721 (se-tenant No. 2716-2721); Yvert & Tellier: No. 2365-2370; Scott: No. 2279 (se-tenent: No. 2279a-2279f); AFA: No. 2412-2417
  • Color : multicolored
  • Watermark : none
  • Nominal value : 1.80 (Mark) = 10 – 20 – 25 – 35 – 40 – 50 (Pfennig)
  • Postage validity : 06 July 1982 – 02 October 1990
  • Designed by : Harry Scheuner (* 1935)
  • Printed by : „Deutsche Wertpapierdruckerei“, Leipzig
  • Print process : Offset printing on luminescent paper
  • Perforation : Comb perforation, K 13 : 12½
  • Print run : 3,600,000 se-tenants à 6 different stamps
  • Stamp size (printed area of a single stamp without year line) : 39.0 x 21.5 mm

Commemorative se-tenant of the issue „Sobian folk costums
(issue of 1 se-tenant à 6 different stamps)

Se-tenant, mint

Se-tenant Michel No. 2716-2721, mint

Se-tenant, postmarked

Se-tenant Michel No. 2716-2721, postmarked

To the stamp motives:
- 10 (Pfennig) : German: „Vogelhochzeit“
- 20 (Pfennig) : German: „Zampern“

= guising celebration from pre-christian times for the turnout of bad ghosts etc.

- 25 (Pfennig) : German: „Waleien“

= the rolling of Easter eggs (painted or not) over meadows and fields in order to improve the fertility of the soil

- 35 (Pfennig) : German: „Ostereierbemalen“

= the painting of Easter eggs

- 40 (Pfennig) : German: „Johannisreiter“

= a part of the Johannis-celebrations in the night of the Johannis (the sunday around to the 24 June) as the greatest day of a year on which all herbs and roots would become magical powers. On a such night a young man decorated with corn flowers tendrils and with a flower crown (or similar) has to ride in the free area and the people of the village are called to try to seperate the rider from the others, to stop the horse, and to heist the flowers from this rider. These heisted flowers will seen as special lucky charms after.

- 50 (Pfennig) : German: „Bescherkind“

= a Sorbian child which is presenting all children of a location with sweeties, similar to the „Saint Nicholas“ of the Christianity or the „Knecht Ruprecht“ in German pre-Christian times. At this ceremony, the „Bescherkind“ is masked on the face and it is not permitted to speak during the ceremony. After the children have recited a poem or sung a song, the adults are blessed with luck and health. As difference to the Saint Nicholas (in the night from the 05th to the 06th December) the „Bescherkind“ has a „Life Rod“ from brushwood and a bell in the hands. Contemporary a such figure is frequently to see on Christmas markets of this region.