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Hrvatska pošta Mostar (Croatian Administration)

01 December 2020

Christmas 2020 / New Year 2021

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatian Administration: Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021, 1 December 2020. Images from HP Mostar.

Technical Specifications:

Catalogue numbers: 554, 555
Type: Occasional
Motifs: Christmas, New Year’s Day
Designer: Vilim Parić
Size: 25.56 x 35.50 mm
Print: AKD d.o.o. Zagreb
Paper: White, 102 g, rubberized
Perforations: Combed 14
Value: 2 x 0,90 KM
Issue date: 1.12.2020.
Circulation: 10,000 series

A new sun and a new day for mankind are born with the birth of God’s son Jesus Christ who came into the world for the forgiveness of sins and the salvation of all the world. The stimulating words of the Croatian Christmas carol say:

“… Rejoice the nations, when you hear the voice,

that Jesus gave birth at a blessed hour.

… Mary rejoices with Joseph

An angel sings Gloria in the air flying…”

The prophets of the Old Testament have foreseeed the birth of the Mansia who will redeem mankind from sin. The prophecy is fulfilled as evidenced by the texts of the New Testament. The Son of God was conceived by the Holy Spirit and given birth to the Virgin Mary in the city of Bethlehem with the help of her fiancé Joseph. Jesus’ birthday is a feast of love and peace, and Christians around the world celebrate it on December 25th.

Hrvatska pošta d.o.o. Mostar issued 2 commemorative postage stamps in a sheet of 16 stamps, 2 self-adhesive stamps, a stamp and an envelope on the first day (FDC). Brands and supporting materials can also be purchased online at

Full Sheet of 16 Gummed Stamps:

Self-Adhesive Stamps:

Catalogue numbers: 556, 557
Type: Occasional
Motifs: Christmas, New Year’s Day
Designer: Vilim Parić
Size: 25.56 x 35.50 mm
Print: Agens Ltd. Zagreb
Paper: Self-adhesible specialized
Perforations: Die-cut
Value: 2 x 0,90 KM
Issue date: 1.12.2020.
Format: 2 self-adhesive stamps printed in rolls and packed in commemorative boxes of 100 marks each
Circulation: 50,000 series

The country is well known for host people from 3 different religious. What happens in a moment of an important celebration in Europe as is Christmas? Bosnia and Herzegovina is probably the most multicultural country in Europe with three big religions living inside of one country: Muslims, Orthodox and Catholics.

Christmas is one of the most popular celebrations in the continent, well known for being a period of big and delicious dinners in family, presents and, as publicity says, also happiness. But finally, Christmas is a religious event that commemorates the birth of Jesus, the son of God, according to the Christians.

For this reason, Catholics celebrate these days, while for Muslims is just some day more in the calendar. For the Orthodox, their Christmas and Old New Year comes 15 days later according to their calendar and they gather with their families on 6th January every year.

For Catholics, families celebrate Christmas December 25 in typical European form by decorating Christmas trees with a variety of toys, lights, and ornaments. The three Sundays prior to Christmas day are special days for children, mothers, and fathers. Typically, Christmas Eve is a time for elaborate meals with the family, which traditionally include turkey, stuffed cabbage, spinach pies, and wonderful desserts. There is one departure from the Western tradition though: instead of Santa, the people here celebrate Grandfather Frost. Another bonus for being in Bosnia and Herzegovina during this time of the year is that many Serbian Orthodox Christians live in the country. This means that instead of one Christmas Day, visitors get to enjoy January 7th as well.

The best way to get an idea of what Christmas is like in this Eastern European country is to visit the capital, Sarajevo. Like most other European capitals, Sarajevo is a stage for lively Christmas markets. Visitors can savor typical traditional fare at all the markets, watch presentations, and purchase hand-crafted souvenirs. There are also daily cultural events at the PAN Winter Pub, with concerts, song-filled evenings, stand-up comedy, promotions and food tastings.

In Medjugorje a Christmas Vigil begins Christmas Eve at 5:00 pm with the Rosary and Holy Christmas Eve Mass until morning at the local parish with all priests attending. Then, on Christmas Day, the usual scheduled mass will take place. New Year’s Eve is a special time in this site of Catholic pilgrimage, as thousands from all over the world gather for the apparition of Our Lady of Medjugorje, where six local children claimed they had seen visions of the Virgin Mary. A statue marks this miraculous place, and the messages associated have caused a strong following among Catholics worldwide.

For Orthodox Christians, celebrations between January 6th and 7th at Banja Luka are of particular interest for their richness and uniqueness. One such tradition is that locals spread straw on the floor. Then, the oldest woman in the family comes in and clucks like a chicken and begins throwing candy into the straw. The Badnjak tree is a Serbian tradition where a log brought into the house and placed on the fire on the evening of Christmas Eve, accompanied by elaborate ritual and prayers, ensures that the next year brings food, happiness, love, luck, and riches.

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