Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Year of the Rooster 11.11.2016

Rooster (or Chicken) ranks the tenth among the Chinese zodiac animals. In Chinese culture, Rooster represents fidelity and punctuality, for it wakes people up on time. In time for the Year of the Rooster Åland Post has prepared for issuing a special miniature sheet featuring two roosters. Created by Swedish stamp engraver and artist Martin Mörck, the miniature sheet is an issue in the Åland Post’s stamp series focusing on the twelve Chinese zodiac animals.
Martin has personally created the lovely design showing two roosters in an Åland archipelago setting. Issued in good time for the Year of the Rooster 2017, the Chinese symbols on the miniature sheet translate into Year of the Rooster and were written by Zhen Jia Hong.
The issue features roosters of the Swedish native poultry stock Hedemora, the most common breed in Åland. Originating from Swedish province of Dalarna, it is a stout and hardy breed. Adapting well to Nordic climate, it has a dense and downy plumage. The breed appears in a variety of colour patterns of black, white, blue and wild/wheat.
Thank you Ella for this wonderful FDC from Aland.

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