China Post has issued a set of special zodiac stamps in celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Year of the Pig. The set went on sale on January 5th, the Year of the Pig starting from February 5th 2019.
The Year of the Pig zodiac stamps feature two designs: one depicts a pig hurrying towards a better life, while the other shows a five-member pig family living happily.
The Year of the Pig zodiac stamps [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
The stamps were designed by Han Meilin－who is best-known as the chief designer of Fuwa, the good-luck mascot of the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
In 1980, the Year of the Monkey, China issued its first official zodiac stamp. Three years later in 1983, Han Meilin designed his first stamp for the Year of the Pig.
This is the fourth cycle of zodiac stamps on the theme of "happy family."
The pig is the 12th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, said to symbolize loyalty, honesty, happiness and richness. Next year will go back to the beginning with the rat.
A launch ceremony is held at the Guangzhou Library on the morning of the 5th. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
A launch ceremony was held by the Guangzhou Municipal Publicity Department and Guangzhou Post Stamp Office at the Guangzhou Library on the morning of the 5th. A total of 200 lucky residents born in the Year of the Pig were invited to this special event. In the meanwhile, an exhibition featuring the Year of the Pig zodiac stamps of many kinds is being held at the library until the 8th.
A visitor takes photo of the exhibits. [Photo/Nanfang Plus]
The above-mentioned zodiac stamps and many other collectibles are available at post offices throughout the city and a few other selected locations. You can find out more about the stamps and related theme activities via following Guangzhou Post Office’s official WeChat accounts ‘微邮筒’, ‘广州邮政’ or ‘广州邮政集邮’ or via the hotline number 11185.
Last but not least, people born in the Year of the Pig who buy any zodiac stamps from the post offices can get a free desk calendar 2019. Don’t miss out!
Reported by Monica Liu
Edited by Ouyang Yan, Simon Haywood