Friday, January 9, 2009

Taiwan Year of the Ox FDCs

Taiwan FDCs
Name: New Year's Greeting (Issue of 2008)
Date of Issue: 01 December 2008
Number: Sp.526

The upcoming Chinese lunar New Year will fall on January 26, 2009. It is the ji-chou year (ji is the sixth of the Ten Celestial Stems and chou is the second of the Twelve Terrestrial Branches and signifies the year of the ox).

With traditional Chinese calligraphy and ink-wash painting, this stamp features a placid, steady, earnest and assiduous ox, suggesting that the ox will deliver a year of favorable weather and good fortune.

NT$13.00: This stamp features the Chinese characters "ji-chou" depicting the dutiful and no-nonsense nature of an ox which serves as a symbol of striving for betterment and good fortune year after year.

Comment: I have received two FDCs which were sent from 2 different post offices. The upper one was sent from a temporary post office, it has an illustrated cancellation on it. The nether one was sent from a post office, it has a "ox (牛)" word in the postmark (新竹牛埔).

2009 Year of the Ox
Canada FDC
China Stamp, Sheetlet II, Booklet.
Hong Kong Stamps FDC, Minisheet FDC, Souvenir Sheet FDC, Pre-stamped Postcard.
Indonesia Stamps FDC, Souvenir Sheet FDC.
Singapore Stamps FDC, Souvenir Sheet FDC.
Taiwan Stamps FDCs, Souvenir Sheet FDCs, Pre-stamped Postcards.

1 comment:

clairvoyant said...

Also known as the Buffalo, the ox is both patient and meticulous with strong principles, and as such tends to be very stubborn. The ox is extrememly strong, and an excellent worker.

However, these traits also make the ox stubborn, and their sense of self reliance makes it difficult for them to ask for or to receive assistance. Don't go looking for an evening of scintilating conversation from an ox as they are poor conversationists, and unfortunately don't have much of a sense of humour either.

Oxen are ruled by conviction, and they are not often swayed from their beliefs. The ox's ability to criticise others for their own shortcomings is well known. The ox is not very good at coping with its emotions, and can become introverted and self-destructive when they fail to find a way of expressing their feelings.

The Ox in 2009 Year of the Ox
Those born in 1913 (Water), 1925 (Wood), 1937 (Fire), 1949 (Earth), 1961 (Metal), 1973 (Water), 1985 (Wood), 1997 (Fire) and 2009 (Earth).

2009 will be a difficult year in areas of communication and responsibility for the Ox. It will be important to think before you speak and stay calm in the face of opposition. Hang on to gains made last year and do not doubt that your hard work will go unrewarded. You will be appreciated by those who matter. Family life and the home will bring you the comfort you so enjoy. Ox can benefit from gardening and connecting with the Earth, to listen and engage with its wisdom. Any form of physical exercise will harmonise the body and help bring a new understanding and spiritual awareness. Love and relating is favourable for Ox and family celebrations are likely. Lucky stone for Ox is Aquamarine which brings peace, tranquility and good health to the wearer. Your most compatible signs are Snake, Rooster, Rat, Rabbit and Dog and your lucky months are March, September and December.

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