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National Children's Day 2009 Commemorative Stamps

National Children's Day 2009 Commemorative Stamps

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National Children's Day 2009 Commemorative Stamps

 Issue Date : 2009-01-10
 Perforation : n/a
 Denomination : 3 Baht (8 Designs)
 Details : Major Literary Work of the Ratanakosin Era

Phra Abhai Manee is a major work by Phra Sunthorn or Sunthorn Phu, a renowned poet of the early Ratanakosin Period. It is a narrative poem, written in the Klon verse from of 24,500 lines. The main plot involves the life of the protagonist, Phra Abhai Manee, from the age of 15. Like the major male characters of other Thai literary works, Phra Abhai Manee has to leave home for an education. However, he choose to study how to play the flute and this enrages his father so much that he is banished from the city. That is where Phra Abhai Manee's advantures begins.

The hero, accompanied by his brother, Sri Suwan, has to go from one place to another until they meet the three Brahmins. Later, Phra Abhai Manee is abducted and confined in a cave by a Giantess. They have one sun, name Sin Smut. The father and son are helped to escape from the Giantess by a mermaid who takes them to the Koh Kaew Pitsadarn Island. Phra Abhai Manee and the mermaid have a son named Sud Sakhon. Later, Phra Abha Manee is helped by the King of the Crystal City and falls in love with her daugther, Nang Suvanna Malee, who is engaged to a foreigner from the Isle of Langka. This starts a conflict which develops in to a war between The City of Crystal Island and Langka that lasts for many years. The war can only end when Nang Laveng, the daugther of the King of Langka, falls in love with Phra Abhai Manee.

After the war, Phra Abkai Manee becomed tired of the uncertainly of humain life so he decides to becomed ordained, having two human wives - Nang Suvanna Malee and Nang Laveng, follow him in his ascetic life. The later part of Phra Abhai Manee is involved with the adventures of the later generations, having Sud Sakhon and Nang Saowakhon as its major characters.

The episodes related to the character, Sud Sakhon, are the most popular and are considered as the most valuable examples of children's literature. These episodes contain Phra Chao Ta (the Old Hermit) and Chee Pleuay (the Naked Maniac) to add more colour to the story.

Quantity of stamps : 500,000 pieces per design
Composition : 8 stamps per sheet (Four strips of two)

Printing Process: Lithography Multi-colour
Designer: Thaneth Ponchaiwong (Thailand Post Company Limited)

FDC Price : 45 Baht (Saleable at a set of 2 covers)
Quantity of FDC : 15,000 covers
 Size : 48 x 30 mm. (Horizontal-measured from perforation to perforation)
 Printer : Chan Wanich Security Printing Company Limited, Thailand

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