Jan 11, 2013

China FDC on "Gui-Si Year"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Gui-Si Year

Date of Issue : 5 January 2013

According to Chinese lunar calendar, 2013 marks Gui-Si Year, or the Year of the Snake. In traditional Chinese culture, the snake is considered to represent the virture of being grateful and repaying kindness. The snake on the stamp, inspired by the theme of "grateful snake", holds a precious pearl in mouth and transforms into a Ganoderma lucidum grass at the tail, symbolizing good luck. Its body is decorated with patterns of spring peach blossoms, summer lotus, autumn chrysanthemums, and winter plum blossoms, implying peace all year round.

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