The Year of the Rooster will begin on 28 January 2017, and will be celebrated in New Zealand and around the world. The rooster symbolises character traits of confidence, courageousness and resourcefulness, and is the focus of these four festive stamps released by New Zealand Post.
StampNews.com invites our readers to appreciate the original design of these bright philatelic items.
The four gummed stamps in this issue are inspired by the Chinese folk arts of calligraphy, paper-cutting and line-art illustration, and they celebrate the multicultural nature of New Zealand with both Chinese and New Zealand elements. To add to the special nature of this issue, the sheets of stamps contain unique gutter-pairs.
$1.00 Calligraphy stamp
The red colour of this stamp represents the traditional colour of Chinese New Year, which mirrors the positive holiday atmosphere. The calligraphic character of ‘rooster’ has been designed in a ‘paint-brush’ style and can be seen as a decorative element throughout Chinese New Year celebrations. The cloud patterns are employed extensively in all four stamp designs, and reference New Zealand as ‘the land of the long white cloud’.
$1.80 Paper-cut Rooster stamp
One of the commonly used decorations for Chinese New Year is paper-cutting, which can be found everywhere from shop windows to private homes. The intricate art of paper-cutting dates back thousands of years in
China, and the rooster depicted in this paper-cut symbolises a vibrant and positive start to the day. The Maori motifs incorporated into the paper-cut bring the diverse Maori and Chinese cultures together.
$2.20 The Rooster stamp
This illustrated rooster is rich with colour and incorporates various Maori and Pacific patterns, including koru, that are symbolic of new life. The black colour in the design reflects New Zealand’s national identity, and blends harmoniously with the red tones that are popular in Chinese culture. The attractive-looking rooster reacts the pride that those born in the Year of the Rooster take in their appearance.
$2.70 Lantern Festival stamp
The Auckland War Memorial Museum is located in Auckland Domain, which in 2016 was the venue for the Lantern Festival for the rst time. Hundreds of handmade Chinese lanterns were displayed in front of the Domain and more than 100,000 people attended. The festivities included on-stage performances and Chinese art, handicrafts and delicacies, and culminated in an impressive reworks display.