Vietnam post issued a very colourful set year of the Horse stamps. Horses are one of the animals that have been tamed for a long time to serve for human’s daily life.
Horses are one of the 12 designations in the oriental culture and one of the 12 Sagittarius Zodiac in the western culture. Horses are the symbol of wealth, success, loyalty, pride and freedom (with the image of raising hooves and shouting).
The Year of the Horse begins on 31st January 2014 and lasts until 18th February 2015. People born in the Year of the Horse are generally very popular. They may be considered restless, but always radiate geniality.
The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as ‘Qianli Ma’, a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 meters).
Horses like to compete with others. They pursuit for their freedom, passion and leadership. Therefore, people will have busy schedule for their goal in the year of Horse.
In Chinese Five Element theory, Horse is in the Fire group. Horse month is in the middle of summer. Horse is the strongest Fire animal in 12 zodiacs. 2014 is year of Wooden Horse. Wood can help Fire to burn. So Fire can last longer.
When Horse meets Tiger and Dog, then they will form even stronger Fire. Too much Fire implies the hot temper and no patient. If the element of Fire is favourable to the person, then the person should have a good fortune in 2014.
People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn.
Title: year of the Horse
Date of Issue: 1 December 2013
Denominations: 2,000 ??ng, 10,500 ??ng