Chinese ewe Year of the Sheep marked by Isle of Man Post Office

December 8th, 2014 is pleased to present a new issue of Isle of Man Post Office. These stamps celebrate the Chinese Year of the Sheep and in recognition of Isle of Man presence at the 2015 China International Collection Expo (CICE) in Beijing.

The Post Office is proud to have worked in cooperation with the Isle of Man Chinese Association to present the first miniature sheet of 2015, a celebration of the Chinese Year of the Sheep.

The year 2015 is going to be an exciting time. The sheep is the eighth sign in the Chinese astrological calendar, and "eight" is traditionally believed to be a lucky number. The number is also considered to attribute peace and prosperity.

Those under the sheep in the Chinese zodiac could be born in 1955, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 and 2027. It is believed that people, who fall under this sign experience happiness in other people's happiness, are pure in nature, fashionable, well-mannered and sophisticated. The Year of the Sheep dates are between February 19, 2015 and February 7, 2016.

This unique collectible miniature sheet has been designed by artists Ms Du Xiaoxiao and Mr Guo Zhenshan. The design strikes a balance between traditional and modern art and includes bold, vibrant coloured images of sheep with floral patterns, in addition to Chinese lanterns and calligraphy. The sheet also incorporates the lucky colours of this horoscope red, green and purple.