The rooster gets a stamp or two in Canada

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By NA LI in Toronoto

oc­ca­sion that is the Lu­nar New Year, which is marked by Cana­di­ans of Chi­nese, Korean, Viet­namese and other East Asian her­itage,” said Canada Post Pres­i­dent and CEO Deepak Chopra. “The an­nual un­veil­ing of this stamp is­sue has be­come a much-an­tic­i­pated event, with the artistry of the series praised by both col­lec­tors and mail­ers.”

“The rooster is an aus­pi­cious an­i­mal which is as­so­ci­ated with con­fi­dence, dili­gence and bright­ness,” said Xue Bing, Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral in Toronto, who at­tended an un­veil­ing cer­e­mony of the rooster stamp is­sue in Rich­mond Hill.

“As a Chi­nese say­ing goes, get up as soon as pos­si­ble at the first crow of a rooster in the morn­ing to prac­tice with the sword. It refers to the peo­ple of high as­pi­ra­tions who lose no time to work hard to pre­pare them­selves for a great fu­ture. I am sure the rooster stamps will be cer­tainly adored by the public.”

De­signed by Paprika, a firm in Mon­tréal, the stamps in­clude sev­eral fea­tures. The pane of 25 do­mes­tic-rate stamps in­cludes four Chi­nese bless­ings, pre­sented in cal­lig­ra­phy by Al­bert Ng. While all 2017 stamps in­clude el­e­ments that point to Canada’s sesqui­cen­ten­nial, this is­sue’s ref­er­ence is twofold.

The in­ter­na­tional-rate of­fi­cial first day cover, which also fea­tures a tra­di­tional Chi­nese bless­ing, is un­sealed to en­able the Chi­nese New Year tra­di­tion of giv­ing money in a red en­ve­lope.

“The im­age of the rooster con­veys both in­ter­na­tional and Chi­nese cul­ture as well. Since this year is a year of the fire rooster, we want to con­vey the flame and move­ment in the line of the rooster; it’s very con­fi­dent and sim­ple, and the colour is in­spired by the tra­di­tional Chi­nese New Year lucky colour, golden and red,” said Julien Hébert, the stamp de­signer and art di­rec­tor at Paprika.

2017 will also be the first year that the Spring Fes­ti­val will be of­fi­cially rec­og­nized in Canada, thanks to a mo­tion passed by the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment.

“There­fore, to­day’s cer­e­mony is very spe­cial, as it not only ex­presses the kind wishes for the Chi­nese New Year, but also ob­serves the his­toric mo­ment when the Spring Fes­ti­val be­comes a mu­tual ju­bi­la­tion for both our peo­ple,” Xue added.

The Year of the Rooster ar­rives on Jan 28 and runs un­til Feb 15, 2018.

NA LI / CHINA DAILY

A stamp collector shows off the rooster stamps he planned to pur­chase at a Canada Post drive-thru par­cel cen­tre on Wed­nes­day in Rich­mond Hill.

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