Name: Zodiac Series - Ox
Date of Issue: 09 January 2009
There are a total of 12 animal signs in the Chinese calendar based on five cycles of 12 years each, with each cycle tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. According to Chinese astrology and belief, the traits of these zodiac animals not only shape the personalities of people born under the respective sign but also their lives and the events of the year. Apart from the Ox, the other Chinese zodiac animals are the rat, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
The diligent, reliable and sincere Ox, second in the Zodiac Cycle, starts off yet another New Year on the Chinese zodiac calendar in 2009.
Being the second of the 12 animal signs, those born in the year of the Ox are often said to possess character traits such as dependability, strength and determination. Oxen are tolerant individuals who believe that the road to success involves hard work and scrupulous behavior. They are kind, caring souls, logical, positive, filled with common sense and with their feet firmly planted on the ground. Security is their main pre-occupation in life, and they are prepared to toil long and hard in order to provide a warm, comfortable and stable nest for themselves and their families.
Famous personalities born in the Ox year include Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, Johann Sebastian Bach, Napoleon Bonaparte, Vincent van Gogh and Adolf Hitler.
Comment: Please check this FDC carefully, it has 5 ox stamps on this FDC, but the complete set is 3 stamps. :)
2009 Year of the Ox
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.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009