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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New Hong Kong Stamp - The "Year Of The Rat"

Say goodbye to the Year of the Pig, welcome the Year of the Rat! On January 26, 2008, the Hong Kong Post will be releasing a new stamp sheetlet set entitled the “Year of the Rat”.

This stamp set is issued in celebration of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. There are four stamps in the set. This is the ninth issue of the third Lunar New Year series. The rat’s personality is captured in each stamp with a beautiful background embellished with silver foliage. It features genuine 22K and 24 K gold as well as 99.9% silver. This exciting special edition will make a wonderful addition to your collection.

In Western cultures, the rat is considered a bottom-dwelling carrier of disease. It is not well liked by most. In Eastern culture, the rat is revered for its quick wits and clever skills. Rats are considered a symbol of wealth and good luck to all that encounter them.

People born in the Year of the Rat (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984 and 1996) are considered to be hard workers who can achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and most likely are perfectionists. They are usually successful and have big ambitions. Rat people can be easily angered and are known for their thriftiness. They are also known for their charm and attention from the opposite sex.

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