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Monday, February 8, 2016

Australia 2016
Christmas Island - Year of the Monkey










COUNTRY: AUSTRALIA
ISSUE DATE: 3 February 2016
STAMP/MINISHEET SIZE:26 x 37.5 mm / 136 x 70 mm
PRODUCT DESIGN: Sharon Rodziewicz
STAMP DESIGN: Dani Poon


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.




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Prepaid envelope




Minisheet


FDC Minisheet



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First Day Cover



Dragon stamp and coin cover 


Monkey stamp and coin cover 




Stamp images and description thanks to Australia Post

Australia Post