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Minisheet - Year of the Monkey 2016

SKU #1884142

Minisheet - Year of the Monkey 2016

The Christmas Island Lunar New Year 2016 - Year of the Monkey minisheet consists of the two stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet
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The Christmas Island Lunar New Year 2016 - Year of the Monkey minisheet consists of the two stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Lunar New Year is one of the most important of the traditional Chinese festivals and is celebrated by Chinese people throughout the world. Seen as a time of renewal, it is also known as Spring Festival.

Celebrations vary regionally in China and centre on family. The celebrations include the burning of incense for ancestors, and friends visit each other with presents and exchange cards. Traditional lion and dragon dances are performed and fireworks are set off. Many families stay up to watch a special New Year broadcast on television.

The Monkey is the ninth sign in the Chinese Zodiac 12-year cycle. Those born under the sign are considered witty, mischievous and inquisitive. The Monkey’s love of learning and ability to solve problems make it well suited to careers in finance, science and engineering. Famous people born in the Year of the Monkey include Hugh Jackman and Kylie Minogue.

Technical details

  • Issue date: 3 February 2016
  • Issue withdrawal date: 31 December 2016
  • FDI withdrawal date: 2 March 2016
  • Denominations: 1x $1, 1 x $3
  • Stamp design: Dani Poon
  • Product design: Sharon Rodziewicz
  • Printer: RA Printing
  • Paper gummed: Tullis Russell Red Phosphor
  • Paper self-adhesive: C100
  • Printing process: Offset lithography
  • Stamp size: 26mm x 37.5mm
  • Minisheet size: 136mm x 70mm
  • Zodiac sheetlet size: 170mm x 210mm
  • Lotus sheetlet size: 170mm circular
  • Perforations: 14.6 x 13.86
  • Sheet layout: Module of 50
  • FDI postmark: Christmas Island, WA 6798

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