Lunar New Year is one of the most important of the traditional Chinese festivals and is celebrated by Chinese people throughout the world. Seen as a time of renewal, it is also known as Spring Festival.
Christmas Island – Australia post issued brightly coloured Lunar New Year 2016 stamps to mark the beginning of the Year of the Monkey.
Lunar New Year stamps are very favourite among collectors, as each year there is new animal featured on the stamp. Also the stamps are issued by many postal administrations to celebrate these traditional Chinese festival.
Lunar New Year Celebration
The Lunar New Year or the Chinese new year is celebrated at the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar. 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 celebrations include the burning of incense for ancestors, and friends visit each other with presents and exchange cards. Traditional lion and dragon dances are performed and fireworks are set off. Many families stay up to watch a special New Year broadcast on television.
Year of the Monkey
The Monkey is the ninth sign in the Chinese Zodiac 12-year cycle. Each Zodiac Sign is also associated with one of the five elements of Chinese astrology, namely: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.
The year 2016 belongs to the element Fire and thus 2016 is the Year of the Red Fire Monkey.
Those born under the sign are considered witty, mischievous and inquisitive. The Monkey’s love of learning and ability to solve problems make it well suited to careers in finance, science and engineering. Famous people born in the Year of the Monkey include Hugh Jackman and Kylie Minogue.
The Story of Monkey King
The Stamps features the mischievous Monkey king character from the Chinese novel, “Journey to the West”, published in the 16th century during the Ming dynasty and attributed to Wu Cheng’en.
The novel is an extended account of the legendary pilgrimage of the Tang dynasty Buddhist monk Xuanzang who along with Monkey king traveled to India, to obtain Buddhist sacred sutras and returned after many trials and much suffering.
Title: Lunar New Year 2016 stamps from Christmas Island
Date of Issue: 3 February 2016
Country: Christmas Island – Australia
Denominations: $1, $3
Source: Australia Stamps