In celebration of the Chinese New Year in the Philippines, the Philippine Philatelic Federation, the umbrella organization of stamp collectors in the country, in partnership with Pilipinas Philately of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will hold a stamp exhibition entitled “Spring”, a voyage to the lunar years this coming January 21 at the lobby of the historic Manila Central Post Office building.
PHLPost will exhibit special stamps previously issued to celebrate the 12 animal signs on the Chinese Zodiac. It features a 12-year cycle with each year represented by a specific animal.
The celebration marks the start of spring on the Chinese calendar from January to February.
PHLPost will showcase how beautiful and preserved the Chinese culture in the country through this miniature pieces of art called “stamps”.
The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 05, is popularly celebrated not just in Asia but throughout the world.
Unlike the western celebration of New Year on January 1st, the date of the Chinese celebration of the New Year vary according to Chinese lunar calendar, but generally fall on a day between January 21st and February 20th in the Gregorian calendar.
The Chinese Zodiac is about symbolically doing away with the old of the previous year and ushering in health, good fortune, prosperity, and happiness for the coming lunar year.
The Chinese cultural influence has been recognized in the country, from eating Chinese food, talking to Feng Shui experts for good luck, as well as reading their Chinese horoscope.
Highlight of the exhibit is the PHLPost’s 2019 Year of the Pig stamps issued to celebrate the New Year.