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Beautiful stamps featuring Chinese Zodiac Sign – The Monkey

According to Chinese Calendar, the year 2016 representing the Chinese Zodiac Sign, Monkey starts from February 8th, 2016 up to January 27th, 2017.

The year 2016 can also be called as Lunar year of the Monkey as the Chinese new year is celebrated at the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar.

The Monkey is the ninth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.

Each Zodiac Sign is also associated with one of the five elements of Chinese astrology, namely: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.

This year belongs to the element Fire and thus 2016 is the Year of the Red Fire Monkey.

The Fire Monkey is the most active and aggressive of the Monkeys. Naturally dominant, he automatically gravitates towards leadership roles and is competitive in whatever he is doing.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year is one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals celebrated by Chinese people throughout the world.

Chinese New Year is celebrated for sixteen days (from New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival). Celebrations vary regionally in China and centre on family. The main traditional celebrations of the festival include eating reunion dinner with family, giving red envelopes of money (“Lai See” or “Hung Bao”), firecrackers, new clothes, and decorations.

The dragon dance is often performed during Chinese New Year. Chinese dragons are a symbol of China, and they are believed to bring good luck to people.

Chinese Zodiac Stamps 2016

Chinese Zodiac stamp – Bhutan

Chinese New Year Stamp Bhutan

Chinese New Year Stamp Bhutan

Chinese New Year Stamp Bhutan

Chinese Zodiac 2016:Year of the Monkey – Hungary

Chinese Zodiac 2016:Year of the Monkey - Hungary

Magyar Posta celebrating 2016, the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese zodiac with beautiful miniature sheet.

The main motif of the two different stamp images dominated by different colours is a monkey, illustrated in a calligraphic way, supplementing the inscriptions “2016” and “YEAR OF THE MONKEY” as part of the composition.

The Year of the Monkey is the ideal time for making use of one’s talent and important ideas as successfully as possible. Those who act and take the first steps towards progress in time can hope for an exceptionally fruitful future.

Chinese Zodiac 2016:Year of the Monkey - Hungary

Date of Issue: 8 February 2016
Denominations: HUF 300
Source: Hungary Stamps

Year of the Monkey Stamp – France

Year of the monkey Stamp France

Individuals born the year of the Monkey are open-minded and curious, they are dynamic, active, intelligent. Rather solid, they do not lack confidence. The sense of humour is not lacking but they are also capable of their knightly deeds.

The priority letter in stamps allow a shipment from to: – Metropolitan France, – Overseas (surcharge to beyond 20g) . – Monaco and Andorra the priority Letter is suitable for urgent shipments of mail and small objects.

Date of Issue: 1 February 2016
Denominations: 0.80 €

Chinese New Year Stamp – Estonia

Chinese New Year Stamp Estonia

Starting from 2011 Estonia has issued a series of postage stamps dedicated to the Chinese New Year. The sixth stamp in the series is dedicated to the year of the monkey that will begin in the night of February 8.

In Chinese Zodiac there are twelve animal signs and monkey is the ninth of them. According to a legend the animal names derive from the age of Buddha, who named the years after the twelve animals, who came to give farewell to it. In Chinese mythology the monk is regarded intelligent, ambitious, cunning and companionable.

Chinese New Year Stamp Estonia

Date of Issue: 8 February 2016
Denominations: € 1.50

Year of the Monkey Stamps – Serbia

Year of the Monkey Stamps Serbia
Date of Issue: 8 February 2016
Denominations: 23 RSD, 74 RSD

Year of the Monkey Stamps – Indonesia

Year of the Monkey Stamps - Indonesia

Year of the Monkey Stamps - Indonesia

Date of Issue: 24 January 2016
Denominations: 3000 Rupiah x 3

Chinese Zodiac Sign – Monkey

Chinese Zodiac Sign Monkey Slovenia

The Chinese Year of the Fire Monkey, the ninth position on the Chinese zodiac sign, begins on 8 February 2016.

The word “monkey” (hóu) was first written using a character meaning to wait, watch, observe. The monkey is thus an animal that is by nature a good observer, a characteristic that reflects intellect and intelligence. The ancients wrote that monkeys do not fall upon food the moment they see it, but first study the surrounding area carefully. Only when they have thoroughly examined the whole situation and judged the environment to be safe, do they reach for the food.

An alternative character for monkey was a character that also meant “marquis” (hóu). This was the second of five noble ranks. The conferral of the rank of marquis was a lucky and important event, which consequently further enhanced the positive connotation of the word “monkey”. People, in fact, began to connect it with success.

Chinese Zodiac Sign Monkey Slovenia

Date of Issue: 29 January 2016
Denominations: € 0.92
Source: Slovenia Stamps

Year of the Monkey – Isle of Man

Year of the Monkey stamps Isle of Man

Isle of Man Post Office issued its first miniature sheet of 2016 which celebrates the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Monkey. The stunning stamp issue continues to recognise the Island’s special commercial and diplomatic relationship with China.

The miniature sheet uses vibrant colours including red, a symbol of good fortune and joy in China. During Chinese New Year, other holidays and family gatherings red is found everywhere.

The sheet has been designed by two Chinese artists, the 10p stamp showing a cheeky looking monkey and the £2 stamp a mother with its baby. Both stamps show a busy pattern on each; typical of Chinese design and in the background we see Chinese lanterns and a red monkey perched on a Chinese Blossom tree. The sheet also captures the signs lucky colour gold.

The Monkey is the ‘ninth’ sign in the Chinese zodiac, and during the year numbers nine and four or combinations of the two together are considered lucky. It is believed, people born under the sign have personalities that are smart, quick-witted, frank, optimistic, ambitious and adventurous.

Year of the Monkey stamps Isle of Man FDC

Date of Issue: 20 January 2016
Denominations: 10p, £2
Source: Isle of Man Stamps

Year of the Monkey – Gibraltar

Year of the Monkey - Gibraltar

Occupying the 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Monkey possesses such character traits as curiosity, mischievousness, and cleverness. Forever playful, Monkeys are the masters of practical jokes. Even though their intentions are always good, this desire to be a prankster has a tendency to create ill will and hurt feelings.

Although they are inherently intellectual and creative, Monkeys at times have trouble exhibiting these qualities. When that happens, they appear to others to be confused. But nothing could be further from the truth as Monkeys thrive on being challenged. Monkeys prefer urban life to rural, and their favourite pastime is people-watching.

Year of the Monkey - Gibraltar

Date of Issue: 31 January 2016
Denominations: £2, £2
Source: Gibraltar Stamps

Chinese Spring Festival – Guernsey

Chinese Spring Festival stamps Guernsey

Chinese Spring Festival, also known as the Lunar Chinese New Year, is the oldest and most significant celebration in the Chinese calendar, with the history of over 4000 years.

Thought to have originated during the time of the Shang Dynasty (1766 BC – 1122 BC), traditionally Spring Festival was a time to honour deities and ancestors.

Today, in countries with significant Chinese populations including mainland China, Hong Kong and Indonesia, the festival is marked by many rich and lively activities. Within China, regional customs and traditions to celebrate Chinese New Year vary widely, although many Chinese families come together for an annual reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year’s Day.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, which ranks ninth out of twelve positions on the zodiac. It begins on 8 February 2016 at the start of the Spring Festival and lasts until 27 January 2017.

42p – The Three Plenties Monkey
56p – The Fire Monkey
57p – Aristocratic Monkey
62p – Noble and Successful Monkey
68p – Mother and Baby Monkey
77p – Three Wealthy Monkeys

Chinese Spring Festival stamps Guernsey

Date of Issue: 20 January 2016
Denominations: 42p, 56p, 57p, 62p, 68p, 77p
Source: Guernsey Stamps

Year of the Monkey – Jersey

Year of the Monkey - Jersey

The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New year or the Spring Festival, is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar and is celebrated by Chinese and ethnic communities around the world.

Traditionally the zodiac animals were used to date the years together with ten heavenly stems and are in a fixed order; the monkey occupies the 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac. Each animal has symbolic meanings given to it by the ancient Chinese and people born in each animal’s year are said to have some of that animal’s personality.

Year of the Monkey - Jersey

Those born in the year of the monkey are said to be smart, quick-witted, optimistic, and ambitious. They are adventurous and forever playful, curious and mischievous.

New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month and marks the end of the Chinese New Year.

Year of the Monkey - Jersey

Date of Issue: 5 January 2016
Denominations: 47p, £1
Source: Jersey Stamps

Zodiac Year of the Monkey – Thailand

Zodiac Year of the Monkey Thailand

Date of Issue: 1 January 2016
Denominations: 3.0 Baht
Source: Thailand Post

Chinese Year of the Monkey – China

Year of the monkey China

China post issued two stamps featuring motifs of delighted monkey and longevity double to welcome the Year of the monkey.

Date of Issue: 5 January 2016
Denominations: 1.20 yuan x 2
Source: China stamps

Chinese Zodiac Signs: Monkey – Liechtenstein

Chinese Zodiac Signs Monkey Liechtenstein

The special stamp features a design made of delicate paper cut and produced using ultramodern laser technology. The designer Stefan Erne chose the colour red, the symbol for luck in China.

The Chinese culture is one of the oldest in the world’s history and fascinates with its diversity. One part of this is astrology and the twelve signs of the zodiac.

The year 2016 (8 February 2016 to 27 January 2017) will be ruled by this humanlike mammal. People born in the Year of the Monkey are considered intelligent, clever and flexible. They are very inventive and are therefore able to solve most problems easily. Astrologers from the Far East say those born in the Year of the Monkey have common sense and have a thirst for knowledge.

Date of Issue: 16 November 2015
Denominations: CHF 1.90
Source: Liechtenstein Stamps

Year of the Monkey 2016 – Philippines

Year of the Monkey 2016 - Philippines

Date of Issue: 1 December 2015
Denominations: 10 p x 2
Source: PHL Post

New Year’s Greetings from Korea

The New Year’s Greetings stamps from Korea portrays the talented and upbeat monkey in a humorous way.

The stamps are great for sending holiday cards this season delivering positive energy and happiness to your loved ones.

New Year Greetings from Korea Chinese Zodiac Monkey

Monkeys are more similar to humans than any other animal. They are gregarious and form sophisticated social structures. There is a distinct hierarchy among the males, and the strongest male in the group, determined by fighting, is the leader.

Monkeys are often called jannabi in Korean. This term is said to have come from jaen nabi, which is the Korean word jaeda meaning “quick in action” and the native term nab for “monkey”.

The ninth creature of the Zodiac, the monkey is considered a smart and nimble animal. The Koreans long ago believed that those born in the year of the monkey were intelligent and had many talents.

They are generally optimistic and active. Because they tend to be extraverted, they usually regard the group as more important than the individual.

New Year Greetings from Korea

Date of Issue: 1 December 2015
Country: Korea
Denominations: KRW 300 x 2
Source: Korea

5 comments

  1. I would like to order some of these stamps. How do I do this? I have an account with you but my master card number has changed.

    Thank you
    Carol Sakamoto

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