Monday, March 26, 2012

Year of the Dragon 5.1.2012

The Chinese calendar is based on five cycles of 12 years each. With each cycle tempered by one of the five Chinese elements – Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. Each year features one of 12 animal signs, and the year 2012 is that of the Water Dragon.
The year 2012 marks the reign of the legendary Dragon and the fifth animal in the Zodiac series on the Chinese calendar. This intelligent, flamboyant and magnanimous animal is depicted on this set of stamps (1st Local, 65c and $1.10) issued by Singapore on 5.1.2012.

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