Saturday, February 16, 2013

Year of the Ox 7.1.1997

As one of the first countries to issue stamps for the Chinese New Year, Canada first released the Year of the Ox stamps in 1997.
Chinese New Year is a time for family gatherings and rituals that emphasise good fortune, health and prosperity for the coming year. Festivities in Canada provide Chinese-Canadians with an opportunity to renew their group identity and to share their culture with other Canadians.
In 1997, the Chinese Lunar year began on February 7. It marked the begining of the Year of the Ox.
Are you patient, trusting and down to earth? Do you inspire confidence and disdain laziness? If this sounds like you, you may be an Ox ... according to Chinese astrology, that is. Once again, the Lunar New Year is upon us and Canada Post has issued a number of special philatelic products to mark the beginning of the Year of the Ox.
Since the first release in 1997, the Lunar New Year stamps have proven to be one of the most successful stamp series ever at Canada Post. 
People born in the Year of the Ox are highly responsible, independent and inspire confidence, but at times may tend to be eccentric and somewhat gullible. Like their animal namesake, they are patient, tireless in their work, and capable of enduring any amount of hardship without complaint.
You are an ox if you were born in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, or 2009. Famous oxen include Wayne Gretzky, Michael J. Fox, Douglas Coupland, Oscar Peterson, Margaret Thatcher, and President Barack Obama.

Thank you Hemant for this lovely FDC.

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