Thursday, March 12, 2009

Taiwan Implements FDC

Taiwan FDC
Name: Implements from Early Taiwan – Ceremonial Objects
Date of Issue: 10 February 2008
Number: Sp.527

With many different ethnic groups and a complex history, Taiwan has long featured a great diversity of cultural practices engaged in by common people - a diversity demonstrated in every aspect of people's lives. To give people a sense of the industrious spirit, creativity and the self-sacrificing and frugal attitudes that characterized early settlers in Taiwan, this Post is issuing a set of four stamps on the topic of ceremonial objects from that era.

Gift Basket
During folk festivals, ceremonies and celebrations, all kinds of delectable treats were put in gift baskets that were offered to friends and relatives.

NT$5.00: Wooden Carrying Box
Wooden carrying boxes were used to carry betrothal gifts from the groom's family and the presents from the bride's family given in turn to the groom's family. The boxes were essential ceremonial objects for betrothals.

NT$12.00: Bridal Sedan Chair
Most of the bridal sedan chairs were painted mostly red, and decorated with paintings or embroideries of flowers, birds, and human figures.

NT$12.00: Candle Sticks
A pair of candle sticks - along with an incense burner and a pair of vases - was an essential item for an altar, whether at a temple or household ancestral shrine. Burning candles conveyed people's respect for the gods.

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