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Folklore Festivities

Catalogue Number:  149
Work reproduced on the stamp:  Jozef Baláž: Tekov Wedding, detail featuring the bride, art-protis, 1980, 288 x 392 cm
Work reproduced on the gutter:  Tekov Wedding, detail featuring dancers
Graphic lay-out:  Martin Činovský
Stamp and Gutter Engraving:  Josef Herčík
Date of Issue:  May 5, 1998
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
Print Technology:  Rotary-recess printing combined with offset
Print Run:  484,800
FDC Design:  Jozef Baláž: Tekov Wedding, detail featuring the bridegroom
FDC Engraving:  Josef Herčík
Cancellation Design:  Jozef Baláž
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10,000

The fantasy and collective intellect of the Slovak people have created, renewed and preserved to this day an uncommon wealth of folk art.

That the art of our people remains vital is due to the fact that the cultivation of the spiritual heritage of our forefathers still continues in numerous amateur groups, which every year demonstrate their skill at folkore festivals such as those at Východná, Detva and Starý Tekov.

Folklore festivities are thus festivals of Slovak rural life and celebrations of the beauty of our nation's creativity which safeguard the costumes, dances, songs and customs in the various distinct regions. The traditional wedding ceremony has preserved that variety not only in dress, but also in the oral traditions of a rich spiritual culture.

The Tekov costume is very elaborate, and festive occasions, in particular, bring out the fullness of its beauty. To me its colours seemed to shine like a dewy rainbow, and so I composed my art-protis Tekov Wedding in an abundance of colour. In this resplendent scene I wanted to render faithfully the heart-warming atmosphere of this ancient folklore family ceremony.

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