This year the Chinese lunar New Year falls on January 29, 2006. It is the bing-syu year (bing is the third of the Ten Celestial Stems and syu is the eleventh of the Twelve Terrestrial Branches) and signifies the year of the dog. To welcome the year of the dog, Chunghwa Post is issuing a set of two New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps (Issue of 2005) and a miniature sheet. The stamps and the miniature sheet will be released on December 1, 2005.
This set of New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps is taking the upcoming year’s Chinese zodiac sign as the theme and uses images of traditional New Year’s calligraphy and dogs to convey the joyous atmosphere of the New Year’s holidays. The NT$3.5-denominated stamp features a New Year’s calligraphy with a background pattern of purple flowers and plants. The NT$13-denominated stamp features New Year’s calligraphy with the Chinese characters for “Spring,” “Fullness,” and “Good Fortune” that convey the excitement of waiting for spring. The NT$12-denominated miniature sheet features three dogs of different appearances to express group harmony and ease, so as to convey to society best wishes for peace, health and happiness.
(1) First Day Cover in small size to be sold at NT$2.00 apiece. First Day Cover in large size to be sold at NT$3.00 apiece. (2) Folder especially prepared for the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece. (3) Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece. (4) Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the miniature sheet to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece. (5) Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$16.00 apiece. (6) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a low-valued stamp to be sold at NT$5.50 apiece. (7) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a complete set of stamps to be sold at NT$18.50 apiece. (8) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a miniature sheet to be sold at NT$15.00 apiece.
To purchase these items, the public can go directly to the post offices, or order on line at https://stamp.post.gov.tw
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