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08 May 1989
2/1989
Europa

Europa 1989 - Traditional Children's Games

Cyprus
Europa 89 consists of four stamps, in two se-tenant strips (7+7 and 18+18 cents). The theme chosen by the European Postal and Telecommunications Organisation (CEPT) is Children's Games.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

Sitsia  

Sitsia

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The first stamp of 18 cents illustrates the "sitsia". In this game there is a circle in the centre of which is a stake with a 2m long rope tied to it, and into his circle the players put various articles of their clothing such as a shirt, a jacket, or a "tourada" (an old style belt used with baggy breeches). The child, the "sikaris", enters in the circle and holding the rope moves as far as the rope will allow trying to prevent the other players or "thieves" from stealing the clothes. If a player manages to grab his article of clothing, he uses it to beat the "sikaris" on the back. The "sikaris" tries to touch one of the "thieves and if he succeeds, the one who had been caught takes his place in the circle and the game continues. If all the players manage to get their clothes without been caught by the "sikaris", then the "sikaris" must pay a forfeit.

Xeros Potamos  

Xeros Potamos

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The second stamp of 18cents illustrates a game called "Potamos" or "Xeros Potamos" (leap-frog). This is a group game usually played at Easter by 16-20 children. All the players bend over 2-3 metres apart in a line. The player at the end of the line leaps over the others one by one resting his hands on their backs as he jumps. When he reaches the front of the line, he bends over and each player at the end of the line leaps over all the players until everyone has had a turn. The game continues until all children get bored.

Lingri  

Lingri

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The first 7 cents stamp illustrates the "lingri" game. There are several versions of this game, with the lpayers agreeing before-hand on the way the game is to be played and on the "punishement" of the losers. One version is as follows:

The "lingri" - a piece of wood about 30 cm long and 3cm in diameter - is placed on two vertical slabs - the "niskia" - which are 15cm apart. The first player tries to knock the "lingri" into the air by striking it with the "lingra", "verka" or "lingroverka" which is a stick about 65-70cm long; before the "lingra" fails to the ground the player tries to knock it into the air again and hurl it as far as possible; then he runs to where the "lingri" has fallen and strikes it again with the stick trying to knock it into the air and again to hurl it as far as possible. The player who manages to hit the "lingri" the furthest is the winner.

Ziziros  

Ziziros

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The second stamp of 7 cents illustrates the "ziziros" (cicada) game. The game can be played by any number of players. The child chosen to start the game stands in the centre of the circle of players and covers his eyes with one hand while putting his other hand round under his arm with the palm open touching his back. One player slaps his palm while the other players raise their fingers crying "zzz" (which is the sound made by the cicada). The player or "victim" must then guess who slapped him. If he manages to guess correctly, another player takes his place; if he doesn't guess correctly, the players all shout "sit, sit, sit..." and he has to another turn as the "victim".

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Europa 1989 - Traditional Children's Games

Technical Information

Designer: Michaelides
Quantities:
c18: 600000
c7: 1500000
c18: 600000
c2 x 7: 1500000
c7: 1500000
c2 x 18: 600000
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