|A customer shows a first day cover with the newly issued zodiac stamp in Xicheng District of Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 5, 2018. China Post issued a set of special zodiac stamps for the Year of Dog with two different designs Friday. The Year of Dog, or Chinese traditional lunar New Year of this year, starts from Feb. 16. [Xinhua/Li He]|
Recently, China issued a set of zodiac stamps to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog.
The theme for this round of zodiac stamps is "happy family," and the new stamps depict Chinese domestic dogsThe year 2018 marks Chinese "Wu Xu Year," the Year of the Dog.
In fact, not only zodiac stamps, elements of Chinese New Year can be found in many forms of Chinese folk arts.
China Post says the first stamp depicts a male dog with its chin up and its eyes straight ahead. Its two ears point upward, while its hind legs are forcefully thrust against the ground, ready to pounce on any intruders.
The second stamp shows a brown bitch lovingly gazing at its puppy. The black puppy holds its head up high and tries to stand straight. The mother and the puppy stand side by side, demonstrating maternal love.
The two stamps are connected, signifying a peaceful, harmonious family, and a prosperous, flourishing nation.
|Photo taken on Dec. 24, 2017 shows Jiajiang New Year Paintings in Jiajiang County of Leshan City, southwest China's Sichuan Province. [Xinhua/Wang Di]|
|Photo taken on Dec. 24, 2017 shows a pair of tiger-head shoes made by Zhao Kaiying in Tancheng County of Linyi, east China's Shandong Province. Zhao Kaiying, 85-year-old, has been making tiger-head shoes for more than 20 years. Tiger-head shoes, with their bright colors and intricate patterns, is a traditional wearing for children in China symbolizing good wishes. [Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei]|
|Folk artist Kan Zongqin makes dough modellings in Shizhong District of Zaozhuang, east China's Shandong Province, Dec. 24, 2017. Kan made dough modellings of 12 zodiac animals to greet the upcoming Chinese lunar new year, which falls on Feb. 16, 2018. [Xinhua/Sun Zhongzhe]|
|Zhao Kaiying makes tiger-head shoes in Tancheng County of Linyi, east China's Shandong Province, Dec. 24, 2017. Zhao Kaiying, 85-year-old, has been making tiger-head shoes for more than 20 years. Tiger-head shoes, with their bright colors and intricate patterns, is a traditional wearing for children in China symbolizing good wishes. (Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei)|