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Monday, February 8, 2016

Canada 2016
Year of the Monkey

 



COUNTRY: CANADA
ISSUE DATE: 11 January 2016 (domestic)
1 February 2016 (international)
STAMP SIZE: 32 x 32 mm
SOUVENIR SHEET SIZE: 40 x 140 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Albert Ng & Linna Xu



The year 2016 is ruled by the Monkey, the Chinese zodiac animal that most closely resembles humans. 

Domestic and international stamps were inspired by the legend of the Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, one of the main characters in the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. Also transformed into a famous Chinese opera, the story tells of how the sovereign accompanied the monk Xuanzang on a journey to India to retrieve sacred Buddhist texts known as sutras.



Designed by Albert Ng and Linna Xu, the domestic stamp depicts a golden figure that is vibrant and alive against a rich red background that provides a stark and striking contrast, while the international-rate stamp features a stylized Monkey King mask with red and gold accents. Popular Chinese New Year's greetings appear at the edge of the pane of 25 and on the OFDCs.



Those born in the Year of the Monkey are said to possess brilliance, flexibility and inventiveness, along with an excellent memory and strong will to succeed. They can, however, be easily frustrated by delays, tend to look down on others and have a fast-flaring temper. Canadians born to this lunar year include singer Céline Dion, actress Kim Cattrall and legendary pianist Glenn Gould.



FIRST DAY COVER




MONKEY AND RAM SOUVENIR SHEET





CORNER SET



POSTAGE-PAID POSTCARD DOMESTIC STAMP



INTERNATIONAL RATE STAMP BOOKLET




PERMANENT DOMESTIC STAMP BOOKLET





Stamp images and description thanks to Canada Post

CANADA POST COLLECTORZPEDIA