Chinese New Year – The Year of the Snake stamp from Croatian post Mostar

Croatian post Ltd. Mostar has issued commemorative postage stamp in sheet of 9 stamps to celebrate the New Year of the Snake.

Chinese zodiac is one of the oldest in the world, based on the lunar cycle, and the beginning of the Year usually is at the end of January or in the February. There are many legends on that how Chinese zodiac came into existence. The most popular story is about Buddha who invited all animals in guests but only 12 animals came. They came in order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Buddha has rewarded their devotion and named a year after each of them. By that order the signs of Chinese zodiac rotate and each sign rules for a year.

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