To welcome the arrival of the New Year, Chunghwa Post has prepared for releasing a set of two stamps and a souvenir sheet entitled “New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps (Issue of 2016).” The design for the set of stamps uses a silhouette to express the courage and clarion-call of the cock. Gold and orange-red transmit an atmosphere of joy, good fortune and celebration for the year of the rooster. The background of the souvenir sheet is of a soft rose color dotted with flowers and colorful, diagonal lines, celebrating the advent of the New Year.
StampNews.com invites our readers to appreciate the original design of these philatelic items the explanation for which is set out below:
1) NT$3.5 stamp: “The Golden Cock Proclaiming Joy” is the theme of this stamp. The cock call at dawn heralds the new day; spring marks the beginning of the New Year.
2) NT$13 stamp: An Exuberance of Joyous Celebrations. Being a homonym of the word for “auspiciousness” (ji), the word for “rooster” (ji) expresses the wish that the New Year will bring an abundance of the riches of life.
3) NT$12 souvenir sheet: A pair of roosters and an auspicious Chinese ruyi knot depict the rooster as auspicious and express a wish for peace in all things, complete satisfaction and lasting happiness.
To meet the interests of stamp collectors, on the same day an “uncut press sheet of New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps (Issue of 2016)” will be issued specifically for the use of philatelists, containing two uncut panes of 20 NT$3.5 and NT$13 stamps each, an additional uncut press sheet composed of nine souvenir sheets and a certificate of authenticity, a poster tube to store them safely. The margins retain the printer’s markings and the guidelines for separating the panes.