First Year of the Rooster postage stamps for 2017 have been released

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Philatelic bureaux around the world have released stamps to mark the Year of the Rooster 2017, which begins with Chinese New Year on 28 January 2017.

Philatelic bureaux around the world have released stamps to mark the Year of the Rooster 2017, which begins with Chinese New Year on 28 January 2017.

This year's zodiac animal, the Rooster, represents people born in the year 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945 and 1933 (and so on, through a twelve-year cycle). People born in Year of the Rooster are said to be courageous, punctual, independent and capable.

The USA's Forever Year of the Rooster stamp features a red envelope with gold lettering and a picture of a rooster, in celebration of the Chinese custom of presenting money in a red envelope as a gift, to bring good fortune for the coming year. The stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler, also incorporates Chinese letters which convey a wish for prosperity and good fortune for New Year.

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Meanwhile, Canada Post enlisted design agency Paprika and Order of Ontario recipient, artist Albert Ng, to create a rich red stamp featuring a golden stylised rooster created from wavy lines. The Chinese character ji features in the lower right hand corner of the stamp - the symbol for rooster. The world rooster is also included in English and French within the design.

Finally, Christmas Island is set to release a two-stamp Year of the Rooster set from Australia Post. The stamps featuring Chinese New Year characters, and the $1 value has a floral rooster design.