Angels over Pitcairn

The theme for the 2019 Christmas stamp issue is “Angels over Pitcairn”. Derived from the Latin meaning “messenger”, they are often defined in art as having extraordinary beauty and are often identified with wings, halos and light.
Angels over Pitcairn
The three angels play an important part in the beliefs of many of the islanders and provide a relevant link to Christmas in what is one of the remotest places to celebrate this happy time of peace and fellowship.

The Guide to Pitcairn describes Christmas celebrations as uniting the entire community in tradition and friendship. It continues… “ Christmas morning is spent searching the island for suitable Christmas trees. The trees are transported to the Square where they are stood awaiting families who arrive laden with gifts to hang on them.
Angels over Pitcairn
Being summertime, the weather is often hot and it is late afternoon before everyone on the island congregates in the Square. A group of people take presents off the trees and call out the names of recipients. Everyone receives something from almost everyone else.

There are gifts galore and people going in all directions often trying to collect more than one present at a time as their names are continuously being called.

There are a wide variety of presents ranging from island grown food and island made carvings and baskets, to imported toys, fishing lines, sandpaper, toiletries and much more”.

The Guide description continues:
“Once the presents have been taken from the trees and everyone has thanked everyone else for their presents and have tried to guess who the nameless presents came from, it is dinner time. While a few helpers remain behind to take the trees down, families collect all their gifts and return home where they may have a family dinner or go out to visit friends for a shared meal”.

Angels over Pitcairn FDC

Angels over Pitcairn - purchase
Please Note: All prices are in New Zealand Dollars
3 stamp strip
$6.80
First Day Cover with 3 stamps
$8.30

Technical Details

Designer:
Lucas Kukler, Cairo, Egypt

Pitcairn Stamps
proudly brought
to you by:

Bounty Post
Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand

Process: Offset Litho
Stamp size: 30.00mm x 40mm vertical
Format: Two vertical panes of 5 strips each with central gutter
Denominations: $1.80; $2.20 and $2.80
Paper: 104gsm Tullis Russell Yellow-Green phosphor gummed stamp paper

Period of Sale:
4 December 2019 for a period of 2 years