15.05.2010

Latvijas Pastsissues commemorative envelope for 175th anniversary of birth of Baumaņu Kārlis

The first day ceremony of the commemorative envelope 175th Anniversary of Composer Kārlis Baumanis, issued by Latvijas Pasts, will be held on May 11 in the post office Sakta.

The anniversary envelope displays Kārlis Baumanis, the author of the national anthem of the Republic of Latvia, and the notation of the anthem God, bless Latvia!. The special cancellation also shows the anthem's notation. The envelope and special cancellation include the text Composer Baumaņu Kārlis - 175.

The creator of the envelope and special cancellation is artist Ģirts Grīva. The envelope has a print run of 1000 and is printed in Latvian print shop Baltic Banknote.

The first day ceremony of the anniversary envelope will take place in the post office Sakta in Riga, 32 Brīvības Boulevard, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Baumaņu Kārlis (1835-1905) was one of the first Latvian composers and one of the founders of Latvian professional music, as well as a poet and playwright. The song God, bless Latvia! was composed by the author in 1873 for a male choir; this song was used to welcome the singers in the opening of the first All-Latvian Song and Dance Festival. On 4 June 1920, God, bless Latvia! was adopted by the constitutional convention as the national anthem of Latvia. God, bless Latvia! was restored as the national anthem on 15 February 1990, when the Supreme Council of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic adopted a law affirming the red-white-red flag, the coat of arms, and the anthem as the official national symbols.

The next new stamp issue is planned for 21 May.

About VAS Latvijas Pasts

Latvijas Pastsensures the widest availability of postal services throughout Latvia by maintaining more than 600 post offices. The primary function of the company is provision of the universal postal service; Latvijas Pasts also provides philately, transport and express mail, financial intermediation, payment, press subscription and retail services. Latvijas Pasts is a fully state-owned company with approximately 5000 employees.

Additional information:

Agija Terauda,

VAS Latvijas Pasts

Public relations specialist

Phone: +371 67608504

E-mail:agija.terauda@pasts.lv

www.pasts.lv

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