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Year of the Yin Fire Rooster – Ding You
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Stamp Title: Year of the Yin Fire Rooster – Ding You
Serial Number: 2017-1
Piece in Set: 2
Denomination: 2.4 yuan
Date of Issue: 2017-01-05
Designer: Han Meilin
Size of Stamp: 36×36mm
Perforation: 13
Sheet Composition: 16 for Layout Ⅰ and 6 for Layout Ⅱ
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House
Printing Technology: Woodblock overprinting

2017 is the year of the Yin Fire Rooster – Ding You in the stem-branch of the sexagenary cycle on the Chinese calendar – and the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac.

The rooster has been closely related to human life since ancient times. It crows at dawn, reminding people the beginning of a day. As poultry of virtue, the rooster is trusted by people for its reliability to crow no matter summer or winter.

Ji, rooster in Chinese, is homophonic with the character for luck in Chinese, giving it a prominent role in folk papercuts, New Year paintings and other arts. 

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