According to Chinese lunar calendar, 2014 is considered Jia-Wu Year or the Year of the Horse. Horse is famous for its robustness and speed, and has played a significant role in production and social life throughout human history. People admire its nobleness and strength, as well as its undying loyalty and persistent spirit, so they bestow on the animal many good symbolic meanings. For instance, such horse-related Chinese idioms as “long ma jing shen” (As Spirited as Dragons and Horses) and “ma dao cheng gong” (Winning Success Immediately upon the Horse’s Arrival) all convey people’s good wishes. The white horse on the stamp features a well-proportioned physique and looks strong and vigorous. Its shape models after the tri-colored porcelain horse of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The peony patterns on its body symbolize wealth, dignity, and good luck, while the two bats drawn on the saddle mean “getting blessings instantly.” The stamp expresses sincere good wishes for the Year of the Horse.
China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.