2013 is the Year of the Snake. The use of animals to mark the 12 components of the Lunar New Year Cycle is a long-held tradition in China. Frequently used as the theme for Chinese arts and crafts since ancient times, the 12 Chinese zodiac animals have profound significance in Chinese folk handicrafts.
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Hongkong Post issued a set of four stamps in celebration of the spectacular event the XXX Olympiad Games London 2012. This is the sixth set of stamps issued by Hongkong Post to commemorate the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece, where athletes would gather to compete in various sports for glory.
A predominantly Chinese community, Hong Kong maintains many of the customs of traditional Chinese festivals. Hongkong Post issues “Hong Kong Festivals” special stamps to present five traditional festivals and the way people celebrate them, highlighting the distinctive culture and social customs of our city. Tin Hau Festival ($1.40) – Tin Hau Festival falls on the [...]
The use of animals to mark the 12 components of the Lunar New Year cycle originates from the Chinese Lunar Calendar, dating back more than 2,000 years. The 12 symbolic animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Traditionally, each lunar year is named after an animal. This, [...]
Hong Kong enjoys a vast cultural landscape, boasting museums of various kinds with a rich array of magnificent exhibits. Hongkong Post issued its first set of “Hong Kong Museums Collection” special stamps in 2009, with the theme of Chinese calligraphy and painting. The second set on Hong Kong’s culture and history is now released to [...]
Handicraft is the art of creating decorative and utility items completely by hand or with simple tools. The emphasis is on craftsmanship. The cultural significance of handicraft is the preservation of heritage and traditional techniques. Hongkong Post and Romfilatelia jointly issue a set of two stamps on handicrafts to showcase masterpieces from the two places, [...]
Assuming its role of national and international cultural values and traditions promoter, Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the joint stamp issue Romania – Hong Kong, China: Handicraft (Painted eggs and rice flour figurines). Painted eggs Kept from ancient times in the Romanian tradition – eggs painting represents a testimony of the continuation of the customs encountered [...]
The first post office in Hong Kong was opened on 25 August 1841, heralding the beginning of the local postal service. In response to subsequent socio-economic developments, our postal service has moved with the times, ever expanding and innovating to meet public demand. The year 2011 marks the 170th anniversary of postal services in Hong [...]
Serbia post issued two stamps to mark the new lunar year of Rabbit. The Rabbit is the fourth sign in the Chinese zodiac and symbolizes creativity, compassion and sensitivity. In the Chinese story of the Jade Rabbit, three sages transformed themselves into pitiful old men, and begged for food from a fox, a monkey and [...]
This is the twelfth Lunar New Year special stamp issue in the third series released by Hongkong Post. The first and second sets of special stamps for the Year of the Rabbit were issued in 1975 and 1987 respectively. Lunar New Year is the most important Chinese festivity that follows a 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle.