China Post issued a set of two unique stamps on January 5 to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig. One set of the zodiac stamps is called ‘Pig brings you blessings,’ while the other is called ‘Five blessings gathering.’
Children presenting the zodiac stamps in Nanjing. Image via Xinhua
‘Pig brings you blessings.’ Image via China Post
‘Five blessings gathering.’ Image via China Post
Han Meilin, an artist and professor at Tsinghua University, designed this year’s stamps. Meilin is most recognized for his creation of the Fuwa (meaning good luck) dolls for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Han was arrested during the Cultural Revolution for befriending foreigners, among other ‘crimes’ at the time, for which he spent five years in prison. After he was released in 1972, he devoted his time to creating beautiful drawings and sculptures of animals.
Image via China Daily
The special zodiac stamps were showcased and purchased all over the country last Saturday, with people snapping up the colorful pig stamps for RMB2.4 (per set of two).
China Post has issued zodiac stamps for 40 years, dating back to 1980, according to their website.
[Cover image via Xinhua]