Canada heralds in Chinese Year of Ram with a new stamp
Updated: 2015-01-09 11:39
Helene L'Heureux, designer of the stamp, poses with the stamp during the unveiling ceremony in Toronto, Jan 8, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]
Her design is a collaboration with famous Hong Kong-born calligrapher Ngan Siu-Mui and Susan Scott, a Montreal wood-cut printer. Three rams with magnificent horns are seen in profile in bas-relief on an embossed red and green spring motif. The stamps are a fecund celebration of renewal, she said.
"Throughout our work with this stamp, the ram is a sacred symbol of good fortune," Philips said. The two stamps in this series are the domestic rate of 0.85 Canadian dollars featuring the three rams and the international rate 2.50 dollars shown in a typical Chinese scroll format. The text on the stamps is in Chinese, English and French.
The Year of the Ram stamp is the seventh of the second twelve-year series which started in 1997. Canada Post's Commemorative Stamp Program is more than 160 years old and it began with Sir Sanford Flemming who designed in 1851 the Three-Penny Beaver stamp.
Over the years, the stamps have become Canada Post's unique way of ringing in the new year and to celebrate the diverse cultures within the community. The launch attracted many long-time stamp collectors like Baljit Sidhu. "The stamps give me something to look back on. It's like basically it's history, ancient history," said the 71-year-old.