Guernsey Post’s first stamp issue for the year, issued on 18 January, draws inspiration from the animals of the Chinese zodiac, an ancient system based on the Chinese Lunar calendar which dates back almost 4000 years. Today, Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations including Hong Kong, Indonesia and Mainland China.
2017 is the Year of the Rooster and is the tenth year in the Chinese zodiac, a cycle of 12 years with each year related to a different animal. Each animal in the zodiac comes with a number of character traits which are said to be inherited by those born in its year. Roosters are meant to represent ferocity, courage and faithfulness. Other animals celebrated include the horse, goat and monkey.
The six-stamp set features roosters with traditional Chinese patterning enhanced with gold printing.
To learn more about the intricate design incorporated for this stamp set, see the latest GSM.