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Chinese Year of the Dog

Collection Issue Date: 8th February 2018

Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to present this set of two stamps

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. We celebrate with a two stamp collection.

As a man's best friend is said to be the dog there is much to celebrate in 2018. Chinese symbolism suggests our four-legged friends enjoy good health, happiness a good level of fitness and above all are faithful. Moreover, thought to understand human emotion, the dog always obeys its master whether king or pauper. If in 2018 a dog should appear at one's door it means the inhabitants can expect good fortune.

Available in the collection are:
• Set (Mint and CTO)
• Presentation Pack
• First Day Cover
* Sheet Set

Issue Information

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. We celebrate with a two stamp collection.

As a man's best friend is said to be the dog there is much to celebrate in 2018. Chinese symbolism suggests our four-legged friends enjoy good health, happiness a good level of fitness and above all are faithful. Moreover, thought to understand human emotion, the dog always obeys its master whether king or pauper. If in 2018 a dog should appear at one's door it means the inhabitants can expect good fortune.

What's more, and in further detail, according to Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Male Earth Dog and brown the colour of Earth in the Chinese Five Elementsystem. To give it a correct and full title, 2018 is the Year of the Brown Earth Dog.

Characteristics of those born in the Year of the Dog 2018 include good communitive skills, a serious nature and responsibility at work. Other types of Dog for example the Wood Dog in 1934 and 1994, showed characteristics of sincerity and patience whereas the Gold Dog of 1910 and 1970 was always ready to help others.

Following on from the Year of the Rooster in 2017, a sign of fidelity and reliability, and the Year of the Monkey in 2016, when the Year of the Dog arrives on 16th February 2018, it will be the third of three auspicious animals, with another encouraging four-legged farmyard favourite the Year of the Pig on the horizon for 2019.

Chinese New Year's Day is not the first day of the Chinese astrological year but the new moon day of the first lunar month, 26th February 2018. When, in 2015, it marked the turn of the sheep, couples rushed to conceive the year previously (Year of the Horse), fearful that their child would mirror the characteristics of this submissive woolly follower who according to superstition, brings only bad luck, failed marriages and misfortune. Each of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac has its virtues and faults. The unquestionable favourite is the dragon, with the tiger, the horse and the dog closely behind. The Chinese believe these animals signify enthusiasm, fortune, strength of character, strong business sense and much wealth – with the dog being deemed the most trustworthy.

So ingrained is the importance of these animals in the Chinese zodiac that in some Chinese provinces there is a palpable increase in births during lucky animal years and decreases in sheep years. Before predicting good fortune regarding money, career, marriage or health in the Year of the Dog, there is the Type of Element, commonly known as one's Lucky Element or Astrology Birth Chart, to study. Earth is a common theme. If one's Lucky Element contains Earth, then 2018 will surely bring good luck. If one's Lucky Element is Fire or Metal, then 2018 will bring a degree of good fortune.

Some famous faces born in the year of the dog include five US presidents: Herbert Hoover, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Benjamin Franklin and George W Bush; movie stars Sophia Loren and David Niven; singer-songwriters Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Queen Latifah, Cher, George Gershwin, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Leonard Cohen and Justin Bieber; humanitarian Mother Teresa and HRH Prince William The Duke of Cambridge.

Technical Information

Text Austin Mutti-Mewse
Design EJC Design
Printer Lowe-Martin
Format Sheets of 20
No of Stamps 2
Process Offset Lithography
Colours 4
Paper 108 gms PVA gummed
Perforations 14 per 2cms
Stamp Size 52 x 40mm
Date of Issue 8.2.2018

Collection Products

Chinese Year of the Dog Set and Sheet Set
Chinese Year of the Dog Set and Sheet Set

Product Code: WD31
Product Issue Date: 8th February 2018

A set of two stamps to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog. The set is available in Mint and CTO and a Sheet Set is also available.

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Chinese Year of the Dog First Day Cover
Chinese Year of the Dog First Day Cover

Product Code: WD91
Product Issue Date: 8th February 2018

This colourful set of two stamps are beautifully presented on this decorative envelope.

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Chinese Year of the Dog Presentation Pack
Chinese Year of the Dog Presentation Pack

Product Code: WD41
Product Issue Date: 8th February 2018

A mint condition set of two stamps which celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog are wonderfully displayed in this colourful presentation pack.

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Price: £4.25

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