Canada post issued the Year of the Monkey stamps celebrating the Lunar new year, which begins February 8, 2016 and ends January 27, 2017.
The ninth of 12 animals to appear in the Lunar Calendar, the Monkey is traditionally thought of as all-powerful and God-like, representing honour, luck, riches and longevity.
The stamps are being released in two waves – one for domestic rate (January 11) and another for international rate (February 1).
Canada Year of the Monkey stamps
The stamps are inspired by the legend of the Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, one of the main characters from the 16th century classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.
Also transformed into a famous Chinese opera, the story tells of how the sovereign accompanied the monk Xuanzang on a journey to India to retrieve sacred Buddhist texts known as sutras.
Designed by Albert Ng and Linna Xu, the domestic stamp depicts a golden figure that is vibrant and alive against a rich red background that provides a stark and striking contrast
It depicts a leaping monkey brandishing his powerful staff as puffs of smoke rise beneath him, extending beyond the stamp’s borders. In the upper left corner is the Chinese character hou, meaning monkey. The character is written in gold, one of the Monkey’s lucky colours.
The international-rate stamp features a stylized Monkey King mask with red and gold accents. It features a stylized portrait of Sun Wukong, whose colourful crown and headband extend beyond the stamp’s upper border. In the lower right corner is the Chinese character hou, meaning monkey. The character is written in gold, one of the Monkey’s lucky colours.
Popular Chinese New Year’s greetings appear on the OFDCs.
Year of the Monkey Horoscope
Those born in the Year of the Monkey are said to possess brilliance, flexibility and inventiveness, along with an excellent memory and strong will to succeed.
They can, however, be easily frustrated by delays, tend to look down on others and have a fast-flaring temper. Canadians born to this lunar year include singer Céline Dion, actress Kim Cattrall and legendary pianist Glenn Gould.
Title: Canada Year of the Monkey stamps
Date of Issue: 11 January 2016, 1 February 2016
Denominations: Permanent, $2.50
Source: Canada post