China Post Issues New Stamp for the Year of the Dragon
To mark the Year of the Dragon, a set of stamps was created and have sparked a debate on the image of the legendary creature designed on the stamp was released by China Post. A lot of people find the design of the dragon to intimidating and ferocious. This new stamp for the Year of the Dragon will be the third set issued by China Post since 1949.
Dragons are a mythical creature that symbolizes great power in China, since dragons were believed to have control over water, hurricanes, rainfall and floods. In ancient China emperors have long been using dragons as their totem of imperial power. The designer of the new stamp Chen Shaohua defended his work, saying that the image of the dragon should not be gentle or else it doesn’t fit the images of dragons that are embedded in the minds of the Chinese people.
The Dragon is the deity of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac, and it’s not right to modernize the creature. For thousands of years the Chinese have named each year after an animal in a 12 year cycle. The dragon is the fifth animal in the cycle just before the snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. And it comes after the mouse, ox, tiger and rabbit. 2012 is considered the Year of the Dragon.
Despite the debate on the new stamps, a lot of collectors are clamoring to buy the stamps even if it’s priced much higher that the face value, since to them the new dragon stamp is set to bring good fortune this year.