Dec 7, 2010

Korea FDC on "New Year's Greetings Stamp"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia

South Korea

New Year's Greetings Stamp

Date of Issue : 1 December 2010

Stamp Design : A rabbit standing on the snow

This coming 2011 is the year of the rabbit.

The rabbit has been the symbol of long-life in an idyllic, peaceful world. In the mural paintings of Goguryeo ancient tombs located in Deokhwari, a white rabbit appears with a toad, the symbol of longevity. It has been said that if a person spins yarn or weaves a cloth on the Sangmyo day, the first rabbit day of the first month in the Lunar New Year, the person will be blessed with longevity. This created the custom where women spin yarn, weave cloth or step on the loom, if they had one.

In folk tales, a rabbit, very cute and lovely animal with round eyes has been described as being very clever, even though it is weak and of slight build. As seen in the fables about a rabbit that defeated a tiger or a rabbit that fooled a terrapin, rabbits have always been described as a nimble, intelligent animal that righteously faces up to the bigger, stronger animals.

The New Year’s greetings stamp has been issued as a photostorage stamp since 2001. For this year, the rabbit’s face, body and the pearl-white snowflakes are printed with glow-in-the-dark ink, glowing in the darkness.

This is my second Year of Rabbit FDC up to now. Very nice.

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