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Number: 836
Value: 3.10 HRK
Design: Author of stamp template: Barbara Tomorad, a pupil from the fifth form of the Elementary School Marija Bistrica from Marija Bistrica; Author of stamp (preparation and shaping for printing): Nikola Kovač, designer from Samobor
Size: 48.28 x 35.50 mm
Paper: white 102 g, gummed
Perforation: Comb,14
Technique: Multicoloured Offsetprint, Foil blocking
Printed by: Zrinski d.d., Čakovec
Date of issue: 24/11/2011
Quantity: 100.000

The snowflakes are thus clothed in the robe of a special holiday and are not the same as in most winter days - but loudly and merrily cheer the New Year.

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Motif: dance of falling snowflakes The image of a snowflake as a little star is in fact the matter of faith. Only a small number of children have seen under microscope that tiny, white cluster that is caught on the tongue and that quickly melts on palm. The crystal soul of a snowflake is visible in hoar frost, and the firmness of its structure is surmised in ice. And the transformations of cotton into crystal have been made if not in all languages then in all media: from the signs on refrigerator door, on wrappings of ice cream, illustrations of Andersen’s tales… and thus has the invisible become clear as if it were visible. A snowflake is hence a small star and total glittering of snow guarantees to each snowflake its own separate glow. And when we talk about ice and Andersen, we have to remember the wonderful story about Gerda, Kai and the Snow Queen, the tale in which the realm of coldness - together with snowflakes - is the realm of frozen loves that must be melted. That kind of melting was also what this year’s winner of the competition for the most beautiful visual art presentation of the theme of snowflakes’ dance, Barbara Tomorad, from the Elementary School Marija Bistrica in Marija Bistrica had in mind. Her colours are not the whiteness and blueness, her suggestion is neither stillness nor tranquillity. She has warmed up her background in brown and rosy tones; she has marked the orbits of dance by bright yellow and greenish spirals. The small stars are coloured, blue, red and all colours they can be, as if seen under coloured reflector rays on stage. Some stars are even two-coloured, as if transiting from one light beam to another. The dance has chased off any thought of coldness and has reanimated what might have been frozen. The snowflakes are thus clothed in the robe of a special holiday and are not the same as in most winter days - but loudly and merrily cheer the New Year. Andersen is surely not the only literary authority for snowflakes and little stars. The poet Dragutin Tadijanović, for example, had – as concerns snowflakes - an entirely different idea. He wrote a verse: “Angels from heaven, by their gentle hands, pour out the frosty little stars“ („Anđeli s neba nježnim rukama sipaju mrzle zvjezdice“) - since the children used to be told when it was snowing that the angels were sweeping the heavens. And once they have swept it, how clean and white the earth looked! And when at the beginning we said that the image of snowflakes as little stars was in fact the matter of faith and that also science counts on voluntary faith, we have come to the conclusion that the snowflakes/ little stars are the proof of angels’ existence. Angels are the only ones today who do not clean with vacuum cleaner but still use broom. Željka Čorak

Number: NEW YEAR 2012
Type: P
Description:   The stamp has been issued in a 20-stamp sheet. The Croatian Post has also issued the First Day Cover (FDC).
Date: 24/11/2011

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