Tomorrow, Feb. 5, is Chinese New Year and everyone is preparing something special to welcome a new lunar year. The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will be taking part in the celebrations by mixing a well-loved hobby of the past with the holiday’s themes.
PHLPost exhibiting their special stamps of the Chinese Zodiac, which is good news for stamp collectors and avid Zodiac followers alike because the stamps would be a great addition to one’s collection.
The Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese Zodiac is made up of a 12-year cycle with each year represented by 12 different animal signs, based on a legend where 12 animals competed for a race across a river. Tomorrow signals the beginning of the Year of the Pig, the symbol of wealth in Chinese culture.
The Pig is the 12th and last sign in the Chinese Zodiac, coming right after the Dog. People born under the Pig sign are considered to be energetic, diligent, compassionate, and generous. The cycle will start over again with the Rat, the first animal sign in the Zodiac, on January 25, 2020 (that year’s Lunar New Year).
PHLPost has printed 50,000 copies of the two (2) different colorful designs of the Year of the Pig stamps, the layout done by in-house graphic artist Rodine C. Teodoro.
As with the regular New Year that celebrated every January 1, the Chinese Zodiac is symbolizes doing away with the old of the previous year and bringing in health, good fortune, prosperity, and happiness for the coming lunar year.
The Philippines has been heavily influenced by Chinese culture, from eating Chinese food, talking to Feng Shui experts for good luck, as well as reading their Chinese horoscope.
Grab your own copy of the special Year of the Pig stamp, and wish everyone a blessed Lunar New Year!
Stamps are available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000, Manila and all postal areas of PHLPost.