New Zealand issue Year of the Sheep 2015 stamps

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imports_CCGB_sheep-header_99463.jpg New Zealand issue Year of the Sheep 2015 stamps
New Zealand Post has issued four new stamps to mark the start of the Chinese Year of the Sheep. ...
New Zealand Post has issued four new stamps to mark the start of the Chinese Year of the Sheep.

19 February 2015 marks the start of the Chinese New Year, which is, according to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Sheep. The twelve animal signs which make up the Chinese zodiac are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep (or goat), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. According to this astrology system, each of the animal signs has its own characterstics which those born in that particular year are said to display.

Those born during Year of the Sheep are traditionally said to have the lucky colours of green, red purple and lucky numbers 3, 4 and 9. Their personal attributes can include creativity, intelligance, calmness and a happy outlook.

New Zealand Post's four stamps show the Chinese sign for Sheep (80c), a stylised sheep covered in Chinese symbols, a sheep grazing in the field with its lambs and a pastoral New Zealand scene. Around three percent of New Zealand's population is of Chinese ancestry and this is an ethnic group with a strong visibility in the country, as New Zealand's largest Asian ethnic group.

To purchase the stamps, visit the New Zealand Post website.

(Images copyright New Zealand Post)

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