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Gudhi Padwa (गुढीपाडवा) is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, and is celebrated as New Year's Day by Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis ( called as Samvatsar ( Sausar ) Padvo or Yugadi by Konkanis ).Gudhi Padva is observed mainly in Maharashtra, Goa and parts of Karnataka. This is also first day of Marathi Calendar. The Sindhi festival of Cheti Chand is celebrated same day.The most important event on the day is the hoisting of the Gudhi (victory flags) in front of the homes.
Gudhi Padwa Greetings
The first Holy festival, marking the beginning of the New year, new month and new day for Hindus falls on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. It is known that Gudhi Padwa, Ugadi. Gudi Padwa is Celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month and is celebrated as New Year day by Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis.The day is celebrated with a promising bath, followed by decorating the door with a 'Toran "who perform ritual worship and Hoisting Dhwaja or Gudhi. Gudi Padwa The word means the end of the harvest season and the beginning of another.The houses are cleaned before the festival. New clothes are worn on this day. Colorful rangoli designs are drawn at entrances. It is a family gathering and Maharashtrian delicacies are prepared for everything. The Maharashtrians do Puran Poli or sweet rotis, soonth Pak and usal.Gudhi Padwa is considered a very promising day. New projects are begun, house warming Pooja is performed and people can also choose to buy gold, silver or property on this day. It is also believed that on this day
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21st MEN’S WORLD HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – CROATIA 2009
Date of issue: 16.1.2009
The stamp has been issued in a 9-stamp sheetlet with one label, and there is also a First Day Cover (FDC).
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Florence Griffith-Joyner (born Florence Delorez Griffith), also known as Flo-Jo (December 21, 1959 – September 21, 1998) was an American track and field athlete.
Griffith was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Jordan Downs public housing complex. During the late 1980s she became a popular figure in international track and field due to her record-setting performances and flashy personal style. She holds the world records in the 100 m and 200 m races. She was the wife of track star Al Joyner and the sister-in-law of runner Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Griffith finished fourth in the 200m at the inaugural World Championship in 1983. The following year she gained much more attention, though mostly because of her extremely long and colorful fingernails rather than her silver medal in the Los Angeles Olympics 200m. In 1985, Griffith won the final of the Grand Prix with 11.00 seconds. After these Olympics, Griffith spent less time running and married the 1984 Olympic triple jump champion Al Joyner in 1987.
Returning at the 1987 World Championships, she finished second in the 200m again. She stunned the world when — known as a 200m runner — she ran a 100m World Record of 10.49 in the quarter-finals of the US Olympic Trials. Several sources indicate that this time was very likely wind-assisted; although the wind meter at the event measured 0.0 — indicating no wind — at the time of the race, observers noted evidence of significant wind and wind speeds up to 7 meters/second were noted at other times during the event. Since 1997 the International Athletics Annual of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians has listed this performance as "probably strongly wind assisted, but recognised as a world record". Griffith-Joyner's coach later stated that he believed the 10.49 run had been aided by wind. Outside this race, Griffith-Joyner's fastest time without wind assistance was 10.61 seconds (a time which would still give her the world record if the 10.49 were not counted).
By now known by the world as "Flo-Jo", Griffith-Joyner was the big favorite for the titles in the sprint events at the 1988 Summer Olympics. In the 100m, she ran a wind-assisted 10.54 in the final, beating her nearest rival Evelyn Ashford by 0.3 seconds. In the 200m quarter-final race, she set a world record and then broke that record again in the final with a time of 21.34 and won the final by 0.4 seconds. Griffith-Joyner was also a runner in both the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relay teams. She won a gold medal in the former event, and a silver in the latter, her first international 4 x 400m relay. Her effort in the 100m was ranked 98th in British Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments in 2002. She was the 1988 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Griffith-Joyner retired from competitive sports shortly afterwards.
Among the things she did away from the track was design the basketball uniforms for the Indiana Pacers in 1989.
Mangolia Stamp for Gold Madelist Gintautas Umaras from USSR, in Cycling 1988 Olympic Games.
Gintautas Umaras: (born May 20, 1963 in Kaunas) is a retired track and road cyclist from Lithuania, who represented the USSR at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. There he won the gold medal in the men’s 4 km individual pursuit and in the men’s team pursuit, alongside Vyacheslav Ekimov, Dmitry Nelyubin and Artūras Kasputis. During the Soviet time he trained at Dynamo sports society in Klaipėda
For most of his career he competed at amateur level. He was a professional road cyclist from 1989 to 1991. Umaras achieved several world records: in 1984 he broke the record in men’s 5 km individual pursuit; in 1985, 1986, and 1987 – in men’s 4 km individual pursuit; and in 1988 – in men’s 4 km team pursuit.
Umaras was among the people who helped to establish the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania when Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union. He was appointed as one of its vice presidents. Gintautas and his brother Mindaugas run several sport equipment shops in Vilnius and Klaipėda