|Stamp Title:||GUI-Si Year|
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|Date of Issue:||2013-01-07|
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According to Chinese lunar calendar, 2013 marks Gui-Si Year, or the Year of the Snake. In traditional Chinese culture, the snake is considered to represent the virtue of being grateful and repaying kindness. The famous folklore "Legend of the White Snake" has it that to repay Xu Xian for his kindness, the White Snake turns into a beautiful woman to marry him. The book In Search of the Supernatural of the Jin Dynasty provides another example. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.), the Marquis of Sui found a wounded snake when he was out walking one day. He immediately ordered his attendant to save its life with medicine. Later, the snake held a brilliant pearl in its mouth and presented it to the marquis in gratitude for his kindness. Hence, the image of a snake holding a pearl in mouth is often regarded as an auspicious sign. The snake on the stamp, inspired by the theme of "grateful snake," holds a precious pearl in mouth and transforms into Ganoderma lucidum grass at the tail, symbolizing good luck. Its body is decorated with patterns of spring peach blossoms, summer lotus, autumn chrysanthemums, and winter plum blossoms, implying peace all year round.
China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.