Australia Post FDC – 2011 – Year Of The Rabbit
Another fabulous first day cover to celebrate the next animal in the Chinese Lunar Calendar series. The stamps are issued on behalf of the Christmas Islands. If you missed this issue which was withdrawn recently then here is your chance. Please see the other listings for these products as the stamp mini sheet and RAM $1 coin release.
The stamps show the development of the Chinese character for the Rabbit, shown fully in the $1.80 stamp, and the way it is derived from its pictorial representation, shown in the 60c stamp. Paper-cut motifs are used to pictorially represent the Rabbit in the 60c stamp. Paper cuts are one of the most popular forms of Chinese art and are commonly used to decorate windows, lanterns, mirrors, gates and walls during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Issue date: 11 January 2011 FDI withdrawal date: 8 February 2011
Denominations: 1 x 60c, 1 x $1.80 Stamp design: Dani Poon
Product design: Rachelle Flynn Printer: McKellar Renown Paper: Tullis Russell
Stamp size: 26mm x 37.5mm National postmark: Christmas Island, WA 6798
The Year Of The Rabbit:
The Rabbit ( 兔 ) is the fourth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 卯. The Rabbit ( 兔 ) is the fourth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 卯
Hare (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, lucky, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, stubborn.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.