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Stamp marks Donelaitis’ 300th birthday

Jan 02, 2014
From wire reports, VILNIUS

The first stamps released by the Lithuanian post in 2014 will mark Kristijonas Donelaitis’ 300th birth anniversary, reports ELTA. The stamps marking Donelaitis’ 300th birth anniversary will be released on Jan. 4.

Together with the stamp, a first-day envelope will be released as well.

Kristijonas Donelaitis was a Prussian Lithuanian Lutheran pastor and poet. He lived and worked in Lithuania Minor, a territory in the Kingdom of Prussia that had a sizable minority of ethnic Lithuanians.

He wrote the first classic Lithuanian language poem, The Seasons (Lithuanian: Metai), which became one of the principal works of Lithuanian poetry. The poem, a classic work of Lithuanian literature, depicts everyday life of Lithuanian peasants, their struggle with serfdom, and the annual cycle of life.

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