Apr 1, 2012

China FDC on "Peace Bird and Peace Dove"

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Peace Bird and Peace Dove (China - Israel Joint Issue)

Date of Issue : 20 March 2012

2-1 (pink background): Peace Bird
Legend has it that in ancient times a crow rescued the Chinese emperor. As a token of his gratitude for restoring his safety and saving his life, the emperor turned the crow into the “bird of peace”, now known as the “waxwing”. This bird represents the Chinese people as a people who strive for peace, hope, serenity and prosperity

2-2 (light blue background): Peace Dove
A white dove bearing an olive branch is one of the most recognized symbols of peace. This symbol stems from the biblical story of Noah and the Ark featured in the book of Genesis, when Noah sends the dove to find land after the flood. The dove, which returned to the ark bearing an olive branch, symbolized that the flood was over and that peace had come to the world.

Each stamp also features an element from each country’s national flag: a Star of David and a five-pointed star.

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and China.

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