To welcome in 2014, the year of the horse, Taiwan Post issued a set of two stamps and a souvenir sheet featuring the upcoming year’s animal sign. The vividly depicted striding and galloping horses convey a sense of New Year’s festiveness and auspiciousness.
The pastel yellow background and magical clouds provide the perfect backdrop for the vigorous horses. The images symbolize the youthful vitality of the year of the horse, and a coming year of steady good fortune.
Russia post issued a set of four postage stamps featuring History of the Russian police Uniform.
On June 7, 1718 Emperor Peter the Great by his decree established The Chief Police Office in Saint Petersburg. A special uniform for police officers was introduced a year later. The armament included halberds, partisans, swords and fusils with bayonets.
Since then the police uniform has undergone a number of upgrade and innovations. The latest uniform for Russia’s police officers was presented in February 2012.
Liechtenstein post issued a postage stamp of Chinese Signs of the Zodiac seeking to draw special attention to the friendly relations between the Principality of Liechtenstein and the People’s Republic of China.
The focus this year is on the sign of the Zodiac for the coming Chinese year: the “Year of the Horse”. 2014 is Year of the Horse and it will arrive on January 31, 2014.
Bicycle touring has taken Taiwan by storm in recent years. By combining scenic areas and local specialities into a network of tourism spots, bike paths are excellent leisure and day-tripping options.
To promote green leisure activities, Taiwan Post has issued a set of four stamps each with an adjacent tag featuring signature bike paths Taiwan.
1. Xindian River Bike Path in New Taipei City (NT$5): At 15 kilometers in length, the bike path travels along Xindian River, with the Bitan Scenic Area as the starting point, and ends at Hekou Jingguan Riverside Park in Jiangzicui.
Australia Post has issued Christmas stamps since 1957. The religious stamps for Christmas 2013 depicts the Nativity scene. The Virgin Mary tenderly cradles the baby Jesus while Joseph and shepherds look on.
The festive stamps depict familiar trappings of Christmas – a Christmas tree, a gift, a lit candle and a bell.
Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world.
Russia post issued a set of stamps dedicated to three winter sports: ice hockey, biathlon and curling, as a part of the XXII Winter Olympics Sochi 2014.
The XXII Winter Olympics Sochi 2014 is going to become a true sports festival. Over 6000 sports men and team members of about 85 countries will be gathering in Sochi in 2014. Sports competitions within the framework of the Olympics will be held from 7 till 23 February 2014, 98 medal sets will be awarded.
India post issued special stamps to honour the cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on the occasion of his 200th Test Match. Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian living person after Mother Teresa to receive this honour. India take on West Indies in Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test at his home ground at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar born 24 April 1973, is an Indian cricketer widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of his generation. Born in Mumbai, he took up cricket at age of eleven, made his Test debut against Pakistan at just sixteen years old, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for more than twenty years.
Hongkong Post issued a set of special stamps on “Hong Kong Buses”, which features seven prototypes of buses from different decades and offers an overview of the development of buses in Hong Kong.
Buses have been plying the roads of Hong Kong for the better part of a century. They were seen in the urban area as far back as the 1920s. Nowadays, with a territory-wide network, buses provide millions of commuters with convenient and reliable services every day. This popular means of transport has kept pace with the times and continuous improvements are made in terms of the buses’ bodywork, capacity, comfort level and their effect on the environment.
Estonia post issued a postage stamp featuring Weasel. Weasel (Mustela nivalis) has a tail, brownish on the back and white on the belly in the summer, is slightly shorter than that of the other small carnivore, the ermine, and the hair at the end of its tail is never black.
In the winter, the weasel turns white all over. Weasels live everywhere where they can hide and where there is prey, from sand dunes to grasslands to forests and hills. They are active round the clock. The tracks mostly come in pairs, and the track of the tail is noticeably only seldom.
Slovakia post along with Korea issued a set of postage stamps to mark 20th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.
Slovakia is a picturesque land of rich plains and high mountains, lying directly in the heart of Europe. Owing to its geographic location and modest area it has always been in the crossroads of culture streams passing through the European continent. Folk songs, music, dance and national folk costumes are very diverse, different in every region, containing specific poetics and conspicuous temperament.