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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Niue 2015 - Christmas 2015 - Carols by Candlelight





ISSUE DATE: 25 November 2015
DENOMINATIONS: 30c, $1.40, $3.00 and $4.00 (NZD)
STAMP DESIGN: Richard Payne
PRINTER: Collectables and Solutions Centre,
New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand
PRINTING PROCESS: Four Process Colours
STAMP SIZE: 33mm (circular)
PERFORATION GAUGE: 14.48
SHEET LAYOUT: 10 stamps

The "Carols by Candlelight" event in Niue is organised by church groups, and encourages the community to get together to enjoy the Christmas spirit. The carols featured in this issue are Silent Night, Joy to the World, Away in a Manger and Deck the Halls.

30c - Silent Night
Originally composed in 1818 by Austrian Franz Xaver Gruber with lyrics by Joseph Mohr, Silent Night is such an iconic carol that it was declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.

$1.40 - Joy to the World
Joy to the World was originally written by Isaac Watts and was based on Psalm 98 of the Bible. Although not originally written as a carol for Christmastime, it has since become one of the most popular and well known Christmas songs.

$2.00 - Away in a Manger

Originally titled Luther’s Cradle Hymn, Away in a Manger was first published in the late 19th century. The tune that most commonly accompanies the carol was written by William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895.

$4.00 - Deck the Halls

The melody of Deck the Halls comes from an old Welsh winter carol, Nos Galan. The English lyrics (which are not based on the original Welsh lyrics) were written by Thomas Oliphant in 1862.











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FIRST DAY COVER (FDC)
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MINIATURE SHEET FIRST DAY COVER (FDC)
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