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  • India releases stamp to commemorate 200 years since arrival of Indian Tamils to Sri Lanka
    Indian Tamils first started arriving officially as workers in February 1823 under the direction of then British Governor Sir Edward Barnes. The workers were used to construct roads, railways and for coffee plantation and subsequently tea plantation in 1867. The Tamil speaking workers were brought from…
  • Updated: SOUVENIR SHEETS OF SRI LANKA 2.0
    Created by Indika Lakmal Pathiraja. Last Updated 27th December 2023. The document can be download by visiting the download page or by clicking below button. The aim of creating this kind of document is, take the idea about souvenir sheets yearly to the collectors. Although I…
  • Happy 97th Birthday Mr Fred Medis
    We wish Mr Fred Medis, the founder of Philatelic Society of Sri Lanka (PSSL) the warmest wishes as he completes 97 years today (28th Dec 2023). Mr Fred Medis has collected stamps since he was 4 years old. He currently resides at Winlanka, Kohuwala/Nugegoda (Room 502)…
  • Kalutara Balika Vidyalaya joins with philately.lk
    We are thrilled to announce that Kalutara Balika Vidyalaya has joined with us to further their stamp club ‘කැකුළු කොදෙව්ව’. The dedicated url https://philately.lk/kalutarabalikavidyalaya/ will host all their society activities. They will further the hobby island wide via philately.lk stamp school network.
  • Recap: Thailand 2013 World Stamp Exhibition
    With the completion of Thailand 2023 World Stamp exhibition, we would like to go 10 years back to the 2013 World Stamp Exhibition held in Thailand from 2nd to 14th August 2013. For the Thailand 2023 World Stamp exhibition, a number of representatives from Philatelic Bureau…
  • Stamps of Royalists – 2023 Digital Edition released by Royal College Philatelic Club
    The digital edition of Stamps of Royalists has been released and can be downloaded vis this link -> Stamps of Royalists. Royal College Philatelic Club was established in 1944 and is one of the oldest school philatelic clubs in Sri Lanka. The first edition of the…
  • “කියවන මුද්දර” කඳාන ද මැසනොඩ් විද්‍යාලයට (De Mazenod College)
    – නිරෝෂණ පීරිස් (කියවන මුද්දර) Words and Images Source: fb page 2023 ජාතික කියවීමේ මාසය වෙනුවෙන් පාසල් පුස්තකාල සතිය සහ පුස්තකාල දින ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමේ වැඩසටහන් යටතේ “ද මැසනොඩ් විද්‍යාලයේ” පුස්තකාල හා ඉගෙනුම් සම්පත් මධ්‍යස්ථානය විසින් සංවිධානය කරන ලද මුද්දර කියවීමේ වැඩසටහන් දෙකක් 2023 නොවැම්බර් 03 වැනි…
  • CEPNA – First philately association to be registered in Sri Lanka!
    31st October 2023 marks a new chapter for philately in Sri Lanka with the very first registration of an association for philately in Sri Lanka. Numerous clubs existed for over 45+ years but this is the only legally registered association in Sri Lanka. The focus of…
  • කියවන මුද්දර හලාවතට: 26th Oct 2023
    Kiyawana Muddara will be holding a workshop at main hall of Madampe halawatha Senanayaka national school on 26th Oct at 9am. The workshop will be conducted by M.S. Niroshana Peiris
  • Recap: Stamp withdrawn over Lumbini location controversy
    2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthiya By Chandani Kirinde | Source: Sunday Times, 28th August 2011 One of the stamps issued to commemorate the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthiya, depicting Lumbini, the birth place of the Buddha as a part of India, has been withdrawn due to requests made by religious…
  • World Post Day 2023 and International Millets day released at Colombo Stamp Fair Oct 2023
    To celebrate World Post Day 2023 and International Millets, stamp and FDCs were issued for each at Philatelic Bureau, Department of Post. The opening ceremony was covered live by our team. The World Post Day 2023 Stamp and FDC can be bought online via the 2…
  • Stamped with memories: A reminder for World Post Day 2023
    by Dulshan Ellawela Many may not be writing letters and posting them these days due to the advent of emails and text messages. However, there is a generation who still awaits the postman and it is in this connection that October 9 celebrates the 149th anniversary…
  • New Stamp Issue: World Children’s Day 2023
    A new stamp to celebrate World Children’s Day was issued at Temple Trees on 1st October 2023. An FDC was also issued with a bulletin (bulletin number 1034) The stamp and FDC is available at the counter and the link to buy online will be updated…
  • New Special Cover: St Michael s College 150 Anniversary
    A special cover issued for 150th anniversary of St Michael’s college, Batticaloa on 29th September 2023. Milestone of St. Michael’s College, National School, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.• 1873 – St. Michael’s College was started by Rev. Fr. Francis Xavier Philip(Saverimuthu), a secular priest from the Jaffna mission.•…
  • PSSL Monthly Meeting – October 2023
    The Philatelic Society of Sri Lanka monthly meeting will take place on Sunday, 8th October 2023, at Abeysingharamaya Temple, Maradana at 3.00 pm.  All philatelists are welcome to join. The meeting generally go on till 5-5.30pm depending on start time. If you need to be a…
  • Stamps Banknotes and coins sale Oct 2023
    මුද්දරලෝලී ඔබ සියළු දෙනාටම ගෞරවයෙන් කරන ආරාධනාවයි  ඔබ වෙනුවෙන්ම සංවිධානයකල වෙළඳ සල්පිල 2023 ඔක්තෝම්බර් 6,7 හා 8 දිනයන්හි කොළඹ 07 මහජන පුස්තකාල ප්‍රවේශ ශාලාවේදී පැවැත්වේ.  මෙහිදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පළමු මුද්දරයත් තවත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දුර්ලබ මුද්දරත් සියැසින් දැක ගැනීමටත්, පැරැණි මුදල් නෝට්ටු හා ශ්‍රී ලංකා අධ්‍යාපන ක්ෂේත්‍රය…
  • Philatelic Bureau at Colombo Book Fair 2023: Day 1
    Colombo Book Fair 2023 kicked off today (22nd Sept) at 9am at BMICH premises. Philatelic Bureau was once again present, located at Hall A, stalls 19 and 20. Many hobbyists flocked to the stall to see if they could get a bargain or add to their…
  • New Free Download: Ceylon Stamp News Vol. 2 No.1 – October 1967
    Oriental Stamp Service, more popularly known today as O.S.S used to issue a 16 page document called ‘Ceylon Stamp news’. This was published monthly. It contained information that is very valuable today to get an understanding of philately services prevalent during that time. We have received…
  • New Special Cover: 25th commemoration of Dunstan De Alwis
    Issued: 20th September 2023. For 25th commemoration of Dunstan De Alwis, a special cover was issued by Philatelic bureau on 20th September 2023. The special cover can be bought online via this link The special cover stamp is shown below (This is only available affixed to…
  • New Free Download: Ceylon Stamp News Vol. 1 No.9 – June 1967
    Oriental Stamp Service, more popularly known today as O.S.S used to issue a 16 page document called ‘Ceylon Stamp news’. This was published monthly. It contained information that is very valuable today to get an understanding of philately services prevalent during that time. We have received…
  • New Free Download: Ceylon Stamp News Vol. 1 No.8 – May 1967
    Oriental Stamp Service, more popularly known today as O.S.S used to issue a 16 page document called ‘Ceylon Stamp news’. This was published monthly. It contained information that is very valuable today to get an understanding of philately services prevalent during that time. We have received…
  • New Special Cover: Gampaha Bandaranayake College 105th Anniversary -2023
    Issued: 18th September 2023. In order to celebrate 105th Anniversary of Bandaranayake College, Gampaha, a special cover was released by Philatelic Bureau at the school main hall. This was possible with the contribution of the Principal, the honoured teachers, students and past pupils of the school….
  • World Postcard Day 2023: 1st October
    Introduced in 1869 as a way of sending a simple message, postcards quickly evolved beyond their practical purpose to become the universal souvenir that brightens everyone’s mailboxes. Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) introduced its first postcard in 1872 as shown below. So to celebrate world postcard day,…
  • මහනුවර “කාලය ඇවිත්” ප්‍රදර්ශනයට ‘කියවන මුද්දර’
    ඉතිහාසය පිළිබඳ අවබෝධයක් ලබාදීමේ අරමුණින් සංවිධානය කරනු ලබන “කාලය ඇවිත්” ජංගම කෞතුකාගාර ප්‍රදර්ශනය 2023 සැප්තැම්බර් 15 සිට 21 දක්වා මහනුවර ඊ. එල්. සේනානායක පුස්තකාල පරිශ්‍රයේදී. කලාව, සංස්කෘතිය, සිනමාව, ඩිජිටල් ප්‍රදර්ශන හා තැපැල් මුද්දරය හරහා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඉතිහාසය හා විවිධත්වය අත්විඳින්න ඔබත් එන්න. இலங்கையின் வரலாறு தொடர்பான மீள்பார்வை…
  • New Free Download: First National Exhibition of Ceylon Stamps 1967: Souvenir Guide
    Ever wondered what kind of frames were exhibited at the first national exhibition of Ceylon stamps in 1967? Very few copies of the Souvenir Guide remain. We wanted you to have a digital copy to recap on the historical achievements in philately in Sri Lanka. We…
  • Recap: Video from Stamp Camp
    Sanath Rohana Wickramasinghe is a familiar name in Sri Lankan philately. In 1981, he was able to produce his very first postage stamp design which was a topic that was closer to his heard. This was the portrait of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of the…
  • New Video: මුද්දරයෙන් බහුසංස්කෘතික සමාජය දකිමු
    මුද්දර විනෝදාංශය නැතිනම් සාමාන්‍ය ව්‍යවහාරයේ මුද්දර එකතුකිරීම සඳහා ෆිලටලි (philately) නම් පාරිභාෂිත වදන භාවිතා කරනවා. එයින් පොදුවේ තැපැල් මුද්දර සහ ඒ ආශ්‍රිත අයිතම එකතු කිරීමත්, තැපැල් ඉතිහාසය පිළිබඳ අධ්‍යයනයත් හැඳින්වෙනවා. වර්තමානයේදී මුද්දරය, එකතු කිරීමෙන් ඔබ්බට ඉතිහාසය හැදෑරීමේ පර්යේෂණ මූලයක් සහ පොත් නොවන කියවීමේ උපකරණයක් ලෙසින්ද භාවිතා…
  • New free download: MSFDCs of Sri Lanka
    Latest philatelic document by Indika Lakmal Pathiraja has been released today (12th September 2023). It highlights all the MSFDCs released in Sri Lanka. An MSFDC can be defined as a cover(s) with the Miniature Sheet(s) affixed to the same cover used for FDC which is officially…
  • Colombo Book Fair 2023: Philatelic Bureau Hall A-19/20
    It has been customary for the philatelic bureau to take part in the largest exhibition (Colombo Book Fair) in Sri Lanka in the past 10+ years. The bureau will once again be present with 2 stalls in Hall A (Stalls 19 and 20) of Sirimavo Bandaranaike…
  • New Video: Underwater Post office in Vanuatu
    In 2003, Vanuatu Post created an official Post Office with a difference. It is the world’s first Underwater Post Office. The Underwater Post Office is situated within the Hideaway Island marine sanctuary in approximately 3 metres of water, about 50 meters from the shore of the island…
  • First auction from philately.lk society
    We are pleased to inform our beloved philatelists that from today we would be having number of auctions on our site from time to time. The first one will be held today (9th Sept 2023) at 7.30pm. A number of items will be put under the…
  • New Issue: Special Cover – Joseph Fraser Hospital
    Joseph Fraser which was established in 1923 celebrated its 100th anniversary on 8th September with a special commemorative cover issued by Philatelic Bureau. The Special cover can be purchased online via the Bureau site via this link (if the stock shows as ‘0’, if you are…
  • Ceylon Sri Lanka Album Pages upto 2023
    The 7th part to the Album Pages starting from 1857 was released on 7th September 2023. It can be downloaded for free from this link. The 7th part was created by one of our team members, Indika Lakmal Pathiraja. Time to get the mounts out. Enjoy…
  • Colombo Stamp Exhibition – Oct 2023
    [This post is in Sinhala, Tamil and English] මුද්දර කාර්යාංශය විසින් කොළඹ මුද්දර ප්‍රදර්ශනය 2023 ඔක්තෝම්බර් 5 සිට 9 දක්වා තැපැල් මූලස්ථානයේදී (ඩී.ආර්. විජේවර්ධන මාවත, කොළඹ 10). විවෘත වේලාවන් පෙරවරු 9 සිට සවස 6 දක්වා වේ. ඔක්තෝබර් 9 වැනිදාට යෙදෙන ‘ලෝක තැපැල් දිනය’ ඇතුළු නව මුද්දර…
  • New Issue: Special Cover – Sri Siddharatha Central College, Eppawala
    Sri Siddharatha Central College in Eppawala which was established in 1873 celebrated its 150th anniversary on 7th September with a special commemorative cover issued by Philatelic Bureau. About the school: Established as a government vernacular school in 1873 as the first school in Anuradhapura district.This school…
  • SLIPA Stamp/Coin/notes Fair Sept 2023
    The monthly stamp fair organised by members of SLIPA will be held 22nd to 24th September 2023 at Public Library Lobby Hall, Colombo from 9am to 5pm. All philatelic collectors are encouraged to visit and get great deals. Numismatic items will also be available for sale….
  • New Issue: Special Cover – Al Mubarak Central College
    Al Mubarak Central College, Malwana which was established in 1922 celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2022. In order to celebrate the centenary celebrations, a special commemorative cover was issued by Philatelic Bureau on 6th September 2023.
  • Calling for proposal for 2024 Sri Lankan stamps
    Department of Posts – Calling for proposals for the issue of Commemorative stamps – 2024. Proposals are hereby invited in terms of paragraph 7.1 of the Stamp Issuing Policy of the Department of Posts in order to consider suitable themes for commemorative stamps to be issued…
  • MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT – 2023 (SPECIAL STAMP)
    In order for MPs to use the postal facilities, a new special stamp was issued on 6th July 2023 at Parliament complex, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte. As per 2019 gazette, one MP is allocated Rs 350,000 allowance annually for postal use. For philatelists who collect stamps, it…
  • Release of first newsletter from philately.lk
    This post is in Sinhala, Tamil and English ආදරණීය සැමට, සාහිත්යය මාසයේ ආරම්භය සැමරීම සඳහා, අපට හොඳ ආරංචියක් තිබේ! අපගේ පළමු ‘මාසික පුවත් පත්‍රිකාව’ අපගේ වෙබ් අඩවියේ ලියාපදිංචි සාමාජිකයින් වෙත යවා ඇත නවතම යාවත්කාලීන පුවත් ලබා ගැනීමට ලියාපදිංචි වන්න http://philately.lk/my-account/ அன்பர்கள் அனைவருக்கும், எழுத்தறிவு மாதத்தின் தொடக்கத்தினை சிறப்பிக்கும்…
  • International Stamp Exhibition – Bangladesh 2023
    The International stamp exhibition in Bangladesh representing 14 Countries, 5 National Post Offices, 25 Foreign & Local Dealers in ONE MEGA EVENT. BANGLADESH 2023 is an FIP Sponsorship International Stamp Exhibition. It will take place from 29th September to 2nd October 2023 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy,…
  • PSSL Monthly Meeting – September 2023
    The Philatelic Society of Sri Lanka monthly meeting will take place on Sunday, 3rd September 2023, at Abeysingharamaya Temple, Maradana at 3.00 pm.  All philatelists are welcome to join. The meeting generally go on till 5-5.30pm depending on start time. If you need to be a…
  • Workshop – Muddara Kawuluwa 30th August 2023
    මුද්දර වැඩමුළුව 30 වෙනිදා – පෝය දවසේ බදාදා* මුද්දර විනෝදාංශයේ යෙදෙන දරුවන් සදහා ප්‍රායෝගික වැඩමුළුවක් *30 වෙනි බදාදා පෝය * දින *මයික්‍රොකොම්* ආයතනයේ දී පැවැත්වේ. උදේ 9.00 උදේ 11.30 සවස 3.00 ඔබ දැනට සැළසුම් කර ඇති මාතෘකාව සම්බන්දයෙන් උපදෙස් , ප්‍රදර්ෂක ගොඩනගන ආකාරය , අවශ්‍ය අනෙකුත්…
  • GREAT DEBATE OF PANADURA – 150th Commemoration – 2023
    [updated 10.30am 31st August 2023 with link to buy FDC] To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ‘great debate of Panadura’ (පානදුරා මහා වාදය), a stamp and First Day Cover was issued by Philatelic Bureau on 26th August 2023. The stamp issued is Rs 50 and…
  • New free download document
    A guideline document released by Philatelic Bureau in 2014 for the World Post Day Stamp Exhibition. The pdf can be freely downloaded once you login (please register to login) Download link
  • SLIPA Stamp/Coin/notes Fair August 2023
    The August edition of SLIPA stamp, coin and notes fair will take place from 25th to 27th August 2023 at Public Library, Lobby Hall from 9am to 5pm. Entrance free. For more details: 077 978 5111 or 077 722 7771
  • National Postal Museum
    අළුත් පරම්පරාවට බලන්නම වටින තැනක් National Postal Museum is located at Postal Headquarters, 310, D.R. Wijewardana Mawatha, Colombo 10. Video Source: fb page Images Source: GT Fernando Images Source: GT Fernando
  • Recap: The Peony souvenir sheet controversy
    In an article published on 8th September 2012 in the Sunday Times, we are able to revisit the controversial manner in which stamps of Sri Lanka were issued abroad prior to the date of issue. The article is reproduced below: New Rs. 30 stamp first issued…
  • Historical Mansion Museum
    A must visit place for any stamp collector in Sri Lanka and international collectors alike. This Museum houses many of the hard to find (rare) stamps. The Historical Mansion Museum is a Dutch house that has been restored and is located on Leyn Baan Street in…
  • Postal stamp art competition 2023 for Christmas
    Department of Christian Religious Affairs along with Philatelic Bureau will be once again holding the islandwide competition to select the best 2 drawings to represent the Christmas stamps for 2023. The competition is open to all ages with 4 categories and 2 themes. The deadline to…

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