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Songkraan Festival (2016)

 

    

    

    

    

 

 Issue Name: Songkraan Festival
 Thai Issue Name: เทศกาลสงกรานต์
 Issue Date: 2016/2559-04-07
 Cause: To commemorate the 2016 Songkraan Festival
 Catalogue Number: 2016/30-37
 Denomination: 5 Baht (8 designs)
 Unused Value: 7 Baht (8 designs)
 Complete Set: 56 Baht (unused), 8 Baht (used)
 Thailex Collection: n/a
 Size: 30 x 48 mm
 Quantity of Stamps: n/a
 Printer: Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited, Thailand
 Subject: 1. Tao Kabin Maha Phrom with his seven daughters, one for each day of the week and together known as Nang Songkraan; 2. Nang Thungsa Thewi (นางทุงษะเทวี) or Nang Phaeng Sri (นางแพงศรี) in Lan Na culture, if Songkraan is on a Sunday. Her attributes consist of a Sankha (held in the left hand) and a chakra (held in the right hand), her mount is a Garuda, and her jewel a ruby; 3. Nang Koraka Thewi (นางโคราคะเทวี) or Nang Manorah (นางมโนรา) in Lan Na culture (not to be confused with Manohra), if Songkraan is on a Monday. Her attributes are a khan (held in the right hand) and a staff (held in the left hand), her mount is a tiger, and her jewel a pearl; 4. Nang Rakasot Thewi (นางรากษสเทวี) with the same name in Lan Na culture, if Songkraan is on a Tuesday. Her attributes are a trisula (held in the right hand) and a bow (held in the left hand), her mount is a varaha, and her jewel a moonstone; 5. Nang Montha Thewi (นางมณฑาเทวี) or Nang Mantha (นางมันทะ) in Lan Na culture, if Songkraan is on a Wednesday. Her attributes are a needle (held in the right hand) and a staff (held in the left hand), her mount is a donkey, and her jewel a chrysoberyl; 6. Nang Kirini Thewi (นางกิริณีเทวี) or Nang Kanyathep (นางกัญญาเทพ) in Lan Na culture, if Songkraan is on a Thursday. Her attributes are a kho chang (held in the right hand) and a firearm (held in the left hand), her mount is a elephant, and her jewel an emerald; 7. Nang Kimitha Thewi (นางกิมิทาเทวี) or Nang Rintho (นางริญโท) in Lan Na culture, if Songkraan is on a Friday. Her attributes are a khan (held in the right hand) and an Indian lute (held in the left hand), her mount is a buffalo, and her jewel a topaz; and 8. Nang Mahoton Thewi (นางมโหธรเทวี) or Nang Sama Thewi (นางสามาเทวี) in Lan Na culture, if Songkraan is on a Saturday. Her attributes are a chakra (held in the right hand) and a trident (held in the left hand), her mount is a mayura, and her jewel a nintakoh. The colour of their dresses are more or less in compliance with the colour of their jewels, i.e. ruby red for Nang Thungsa Thewi; pearl yellow for Nang Koraka Thewi; moonstone red for Nang Rakasot Thewi; chrysoberyl green for Nang Montha Thewi; emerald green for Nang Kirini Thewi; topaz white for Nang Kimitha Thewi; and onyx or spinel black for Nang Mahoton Thewi. Additionally, each goddess has four gestures to indicate when during the day the Sun moves from the constellation of Pisces into Aries, i.e. standing gesture for morning, sitting for afternoon, lying down with the eyes open for evening, whilst lying down with the eyes close refers to the time after midnight. The colour of the text and the background of each stamp with a goddess indicates the day of the week according to the traditional sih prajam wan system, with red for Sunday, yellow for Monday, pink for Tuesday, green for Wednesday, orange for Thursday, light blue or turquoise for Friday, and purple for Saturday, respectively.
 Related Link: Songkraan, Kabin Maha Phrom, Tao, Nang Songkraan, Sankha, chakra, Lan Na, khan, Garuda, ruby, tiger, trisula, varaha, moonstone, kho chang, Asian Elephant, buffalo, mayura, nintakoh, sih prajam wan