The Year of the Monkey

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With origins that can be traced back over 4,000 years, Chinese Spring Festival, also known as the Lunar Chinese New Year, is the oldest and most significant celebration in the Chinese calendar.

Thought to have originated during the time of the Shang Dynasty (1766 BC - 1122 BC), traditionally Spring Festival was a time to honour deities and ancestors.  Today, in countries with significant Chinese populations including mainland China, Hong Kong and Indonesia, the festival is marked by many rich and lively activities.  Within China, regional customs and traditions to celebrate Chinese New Year vary widely, although many Chinese families come together for an annual reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year’s Day.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, which ranks ninth out of twelve positions on the zodiac.  It begins on 8 February 2016 at the start of the Spring Festival and lasts until 27 January 2017.   


Date of Issue 20 January 2016
Designer Chrissy Lau
Printer Lowe-Martin
Values 42p, 56p, 57p, 62p, 68p, 77p
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 30.5mm deep x 40mm wide
Sheet Size 100mm deep X 140mm wide
Paper 110gsm unwatermarked PVA Adhesive
Sheet 10
Perforation 13.3
Cylinder A

The Year of the Monkey