China post issued a Postage Stamp to mark the coming Year of the snake. The snake depicts a reptile that carries a bright pearl in its mouth in form of a gratitude for the man, who was a savior of its life.
The stamp depicts a flowery and auspicious look and acts as a contrast to the fearsome dragon on the running stamp in the current Year of Dragon. Wu Guanying is the designer of this Snake Stamp and has taken the idea of offering it a flowery and auspicious look from Ancient Chinese Story.
Of the 12 Zodiac signs in Chinese Mythology Snake are the sixth Zodiac sign and is often considered to be an evil but at times as calm, flexible, cautious and wise also.
The latest stamp has featured a colourful snake that holds a golden pearl in its mouth, with a pink peony flower on its head, which signifies honour and riches.
The body of the snake represents all the four seasons by the peach blossom, lotus, plum blossom and chrysanthemum engraved on its body. The shape of the snake’s tail symbolises Ganoderma – a Mushroom auspicious in China.
Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. This could be taken metaphorically to mean that a Snake could never have a problem with his family starving because he is such a great mediator, making him good at business.
People born in the Year of the Snake are reputed to be thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally and logically, seldom instinctively. Such people are complex beings, they are clever and men of few words from their birth. Their business is always going well, but they are stingy very often.
Title: Year of the Snake – China
Date of Issue: 5 January 2013
Denominations: 1.20 Yaun