We are delighted to release
the eighth set of stamps in our series to mark the Chinese New Year, which is
China’s oldest festival and the most important celebration in the Chinese
Our latest stamps celebrate
2021 being the Year of the Ox, according to the Chinese Zodiac. In China, the
ox is a highly respected animal due to its significant role in agriculture.
The stamps have been
designed by artist Chrissy Lau, who has worked on our entire Chinese New Year
series. Crissy’s designs are inspired by patterns found on Feng Shui ornaments;
in China, it is common practice to display Feng Shui animal ornaments depicting
coins and gold to attract good fortune. Decorations
associated with Chinese New Year, including oranges, lanterns and Chinese red
packets, also feature on the stamp designs, whilst the Chinese symbol
for ox appears on the top left of each stamp.
On Amongst the Clouds, the cloud pattern represents good luck and
fortune, as well as being a symbol of peace.
The Fortune Beckons stamp features an ox holding a lucky Chinese red
packet in its mouth, which are given to children during Chinese New Year
The Fierce Fire ox wears his cloak of fortune, which he protects with
his bucking stance. The cloak features Chinese gold coins to reflect wealth and
On the Fortune Charm stamp, the ox carries a popular Chinese New Year
decoration of Chinese coins around its body, which are displayed to attract
wealth and good fortune.
The Golden Dreams ox is seen nurturing her young calf. Their bodies are
adorned with kumquats, tangerines and oranges, which are auspicious symbols
during Chinese New Year celebrations.
On Treasure Celebrations, an ox wears a Chinese New Year charm
necklace, gold ingots and coins, in celebration of the festival. He holds a
lantern on his tail with the Chinese word ‘fu’, meaning fortune.