The Year of the Horse

Products in this Issue

Set of 6 Stamps 40p – With his head facing backwards, the horse is reminiscing on the previous year, whilst his raised front leg signifies his readiness for the year ahead.  The cloud pattern is one of the oldest pat..

Price £3.61

First Day Cover The Philatelic Bureau offers a first day cover service in respect of all stamp issues. A set of stamps is affixed to an unaddressed, specially designed envelope and it is cancelled with a special pict..

Price £4.81

Souvenir Sheet First Day Cover The Philatelic Bureau offers a first day cover service in respect of all stamp issues. A set of stamps is affixed to an unaddressed, specially designed envelope and it is cancelled with a special pict..

Price £4.81

Presentation Pack A convenient and attractive method of displaying and storing Guernsey Post commemorative and definitive stamp issues is the presentation pack folder. Housed in a proprietary stock card, to which is at..

Price £4.51

Souvenir Sheet A small sheet containing one of each stamp from the issue, set against an illistrated background...

Price £3.61

Souvenir Sheet and Pack Insert A pack insert is a backing board with a clear pocket containing the souvenir sheet with this issue. It is hole punched in order to insert it into our presentation pack binder. If you like to collect p..

Price £3.81

Sheets of 10 Some of our stamp issues are produced in sheets of ten. This enables collectors to obtain cost-effective sheets of each value with the name of the designer, printer and printer’s information and ‘traf..

Price £36.10

Limited Edition Gold Souvenir Sheet The Gold Foil Souvenir sheet is produced in 24 carat gold (99.9% pure) and mounted inside an acrylic display stand with a numbered certificate of authenticity.For those of you who would prefer to..

Price £95.00

Limited Edition Uncut Press Sheets of the Souvenir Sheet Uncut press sheets, also known as master sheets or printers sheets, are what most stamps originate from. They are large sheets run through a printing process much the same way as newspapers, magazines..

Price £23.00

Description

Also known as the spring festival, Chinese New Year is the oldest Chinese festival and the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.  It signals the start of new life and the season of ploughing and sowing.

Chinese months correspond with the lunar calendar; the first day of Chinese New Year is always between January 21st and February 21st, coinciding with the first new moon - the darkest day - between these two dates.  

The Sheng Xiao, also known in English as the Chinese zodiac, is a system which relates each year in the Chinese calendar to one of twelve animals comprising rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.  In several East Asian countries the scheme remains popular and some believe that people born in a particular year will have some of the characteristics of the animal.

31 January 2014 marks the start of the next Chinese New Year when the animal sign will be the horse.  For 2014 it is the Year of the Wood Horse and, according to the Chinese zodiac, people born in this year will exude strength and stability, which is reflected in the strong designs of our stamps. 

Specification

Date of Issue 8 January 2014
Designer Chrissy Lau
Printer Lowe-Martin
Values 40p, 53p, 55p, 63p, 71p, 79p
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 30.5mm deep x 40mm wide
Sheet Size 100mm deep x 140mm wide
Paper 100gsm unwatermarked / PVA Adhesive
Sheet 10
Perforation 13.3
Cylinder A