The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New year or the Spring Festival, is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar and is celebrated by Chinese and ethnic communities around the world. Jersey Post decided to celebrate this exciting holiday with a special stamp that has been designed by Wang Huming in Beijing, China.
Chinese collectors have continuously elected Wang Huming as their most loved stamp artist and he has won numerous awards and prizes for his outstanding work.
StampNews.com invited our readers to throw a look at this stamp and to assess its original design.
The Chinese animal zodiac is a repeating cycle of twelve years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years together with ten heavenly stems and are in a fixed order; the monkey occupies the 9th position on the Chinese zodiac. Each animal has symbolic meanings given to it by the ancient Chinese and people born in each animal's year are said to have some of that animal's personality.
Those born in the year of the monkey are said to be smart, quick-witted, optimistic, and ambitious. They are adventurous and forever playful, curious and mischievous. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month and marks the end of the Chinese New Year.