The siskin repays benefits with jade bracelets
The snake offers pearls showing thankfulness
In the Chinese lunar calendar, the year of 2013 is the year of the snake.
According to Li Shizhen in his famous Compendium of Materia Medica (Bencao Gangmu), Chapter 2 — “Animals with scales”, there are 17 species of snakes, each of which can be used to treat chronic diseases depending on their specificity.
In “Soushenji”, written by Gan Bao in Jin Dynasty, mentioned that Suihou, a King in Sui Dynasty met a very large snake, which was wound and almost dying in his traveling so he saved it by sealing the wound with medicines.
In Lunar New Year’s live, the snake he had saved appeared and held a bright pearl in the mouth for requiring favours.
The pearl was big and as bright as the moon at night that can light up a room.
It is also another story about a man named Yang Bao in Han Dynasty, he received a white ring that could bring benefits to his posterity since he had saved a siskin that fell to the ground and was close to death.
Both of these stories are allusions of gratitude for receiving help and encouragement by others.
The world was full of cruelty and violence, the new stamp is issued during the Lunar New Year and a couplet is also be launched “The siskin repays benefits with jade bracelets, snake offers pearls showing thankfulness” in serving to celebrate the event and promote harmony and peace.
Author: Lao Wah
Translation: C&C — Translation Centre, Ltd.
About the “Five Snakes”
There are two kinds of theories about the attributes of the Five Elements in each year: one saying is dependent on the heavenly Stems” while the other is based on the sound retainers of the Five Elements, which are calculated by “Heavenly Stems” and the “Earthly Branches”.
If calculated by “Heavenly Stems”, the snake’s nature for the Five Elements is as follows:
|“Water Snake”:||Guisi Year||(Gui belongs to Water)||2013, 1953|
|“Metal Snake”:||Xinsi Year||(Xin belongs to Metal)||2001, 1941|
|“Earth Snake”:||Jisi Year||(Ji belongs to Earth)||1989, 1929|
|“Fire Snake”:||Dingsi Year||(Ding belongs to Fire)||1977, 1917|
|“Wood Snake”:||Yisi Year||(Yi belongs to Wood)||1965, 1905|
If based on the sound retainers of the Five Elements, the snake’s nature for the Five Elements and their mnemonics are as follows:
|“Water Snake”:||Guisi Year||Guisi - runnng water||2013, 1953|
|“Metal Snake”:||Xinsi Year||Xinsi - wax metal||2001, 1941|
|“Earth Snake”:||Jisi Year||Jisi - forest wood||1989, 1929|
|“Fire Snake”:||Dingsi Year||Dingsi - earth ìn sand||1977, 1917|
|“Wood Snake”:||Yisi Year||Yisi - fire of Buddha||1965, 1905|
The Macao Post adopted the “Heavenly Stems” calculation method to figure out the nature of the “Five Elements” in the sixth issue of the third series of Chinese Zodiac stamps “Lunar Year of the Snake”.
This year, the snake’s nature from the “Five Elements” is “Water Snake”, so it becomes the main character of the five stamps.
“Water Snake” - The Water Snake belongs to the species of “Crouching Snake”.
He is career activist, namely, enterprising people who is enthusiastic about pioneering work.
He hopes for the best when dealing with things, make plans before moving ahead, and advance bravely without fear of taking a risk once he moves. His strong sense of self-respect makes him easily emotional.
“Metal Snake” - The Metal Snake belongs to the species of “Viperidae”.
Also called King of Snakes, King of Snakes means the people that behave in a kingly way and is a born leader.
With excellent decision making ability, breadth of mind and courage, and is followed constantly. The high confident can make him turn to be full of’ conceit.
“Earth Snake” - The Earth Snake belongs to the species of “Dragon Snake”.
He is a person with spirit of universal love, loyal lo friends, treasures friendship, and is sensitive to emotion, like being the center of attention.
Pay attention to friends, but not willing to be excessively known by friends.
‘Fire Snake” - The Fire Snake belongs to the species of “Big Snake”.
He is attractive and provided with both innate charm and skill of performing, quick mind and strong reflex and outstanding sociability, he is positive and subjective when dealing with affairs, anxiously however.
He is luck in making money.
“Wood Snake” - The Wood Snake belongs to the species of “Long Snake”.
He is organized, matters in a planned and order, and is self-disciplined.
He has a good taste in life and innate appreciation ability, popular among friends, but selective when making friends.
He is inactive in handling affairs and easily frustrated.
Author: Lawrence Lei
Translation: C&C — Translation Centre, Ltd.
The Souvenir Sheet:
The FDC with Stamps:
The FDC with Souvenir Sheet:
The Maximum cards:
The Post Mark:
Dados Técnicos/Technical Data
Valor dos Selos/Stamps Value: 5 stamps of 1.50, 1.50, 1.50, 1.50 and 5.00 Patacas
Folhas Miniatura com cinco séries/Mini sheets with five sets
Valor do Bloco/Souvenir Sheet Value: 12.00 Patacas
Desenho/Design: Wilson Chi Ian Lam
Data emissão/Issue date: 03.01.2013
Impressor/Printer: Sprintpak, Australia
Impressão/Print: Offset Lithography with Embossing and Hot Foil Stamping with Holographic
Papel/Paper: Paper with Security Fibers
Selos por folha/Stamps per sheet: 25
Tamanho/ Size: 35 x 35 mm
Picotagem/Perforation: 14.28 x 14.28