A private stamp exhibition of Asia’s 12 zodiac signs on the occasion of the Tet Lunar New Year holiday opened in Ho Chi Minh City last week, reported the newswire Vnexpress.
The private collection of 20 sets of stamps from several countries and territories was collected by Ha Tan Quang, editor-in-chief of Kien Thuc Ngay Nay (Contemporary Knowledge) Magazine.
Although the 12 animal signs -- Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig -- are of Asian origin, more than 1,000 designs have been published on stamps in 80 countries and territories, according to Quang,
Quang said the joy of being a stamp collector is in studying the culture, economy and history of the country of origin of each stamp.
For example, the rabbit in Chinese culture is drawn differently than in South Korea and Japan. In Vietnam, the rabbit is replaced entirely by the cat.
The first set of stamps of Vietnamese zodiac signs featured Dong Ho paintings for Tet in 1962, however, the tradition of publishing special stamps for Tet was then halted until 1993.
Quang has a complete set of all 12 zodiac signs released from 1993 until 2004.
The show took place Jan 11 – 21 at Exhibition House, 16 Tran Quy Khoach Street, District 1, HCMC.