Flag of Andorra

The Basic Series of this year incorporates the flag of the Principality into its traditional motif of the shield of Andorra, which together with the national anthem form the three official symbols of the State, as set out in the Constitution and the regulations governing its use and definition in the Law on the use of the symbols of the State of 1996.The flag, is formed by three consecutive vertical stripes of blue, yellow and red in whose center, on the yellow color, is located the shield of the Principality. Date of Issue: 4 January 2019

Popular culture:Cream of Mai

The winter cold, the nature and the ancestral traditions are three characteristic elements of the Principality of Andorra that are combined in the celebration of the “Cream of the mai”. A tradition of pagan ancestry that was once celebrated, with different variations and singularities, in several populations of the valleys, but that currently has only been preserved in the parish of Canillo. It is celebrated at the moment in which the winter transcends its coldest moment, the week known as “Setmana dels Barbuts”, so called because it attracts the onomásticas of San Hilario, San Pablo Hermit, San Mauro and San Antonio Abad, three saints who They have been traditionally represented with long and leafy beards and whose celebration takes place between January 13 and 17. The stamp incorporates a special die that shapes the shape of the fire in the bonfire.

Currently, the “cream of the mai” is celebrated on the last day of January, considered as the “tail” or “cua” of the month, where the festival takes another of its popular names as “cream of the cua del gener” or “Cream of the gener”. The festival sends a fir, which was formerly harvested in a nearby forest but is now chosen from among those that have been used to decorate the town during Christmas, so that once moved to the outskirts of town, it will catch fire, moment in which young people and children sound cowbells, cowbells and horns of ox causing a great hustle and bustle.After the “cream”, the little ones play and dance around the fir tree and the day ends with the participants inviting them to share a snack in which there is no lack of hot chocolate and traditional coca.

Tradition has it that if a fir tree does not burn completely, it predicts a winter that has yet to be cold and lasting. Formerly, if at the time of the celebration the winter was mild, it was possible to pardon the fir, which remained in the village as a sign of gratitude to nature for the good weather.

Date of Issue: 24 January 2019

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