Christmas 2019
29 November 2019

Date Of Issue: 29 Nov 2019
Process: Offset
Sheet: Set Of 3 Stamps
Denominations: 28c, 59c, 63c
Watermark: Maltese Crosses

This year’s Christmas stamp issue features three figurines of the Baby Jesus found in 3 churches around Malta and Gozo.

At this time of year churches are decorated for the festive season, and a figurine of the Baby Jesus is a must in every church and chapel throughout Malta and Gozo.

On Christmas Eve, a children’s procession with the figurine of Baby Jesus is held in most towns and villages when it is carried shoulder-high as children follow through the streets singing Christmas Carols while carrying Christmas lanterns and lights. This unique Maltese tradition dates back to 1921 when Saint George Preca staged the very first children’s procession in

Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady – Mosta
The Baby Jesus figurine of the Mosta Parish Church was crafted in papier-mâché in Paris. This figurine was brought to Malta in the late 19th century.

Collegiate Parish Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Senglea
This figurine of Baby Jesus, is made in plaster and was made soon after the Second World War

Basilica of the Visitation, GGozo
This Jesus figurine was acquired by the church some 90 years ago.

Source and Photographer: Mark Micallef Perconte

Malta: Christmas 2019, 29 November 2019. All images from MaltaPost Philately.

These stamps and other products can be purchased from MaltaPost Philately or WOPA+ Stamps and Coins.

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