China in the first week of January 2013 launched a Postage Stamp for the upcoming Year of snake. The snake depicts a reptile that carries a bright pearl in its mouth in form of a gratitude for the man, who was a savior of its life. This stamp carries a face-value of 1.20 Yuan i.e. 19 cents.
The stamp depicts a flowery and auspicious look and acts as a contrast to the fearsome dragon on the running stamp in the current Year of Dragon. The stamp along with its booklet worth 9.60 Yuan would be available at different post offices of the country. Wu Guanying is the designer of this Snake Stamp and has taken the idea of offering it a flowery and auspicious look from Ancient Chinese Story.
Of the 12 Zodiac signs in Chinese Mythology Snake are the sixth Zodiac sign and is often considered to be an evil but at times as calm, flexible, cautious and wise also. The latest stamp has featured a colourful snake that holds a golden pearl in its mouth, with a pink peony flower on its head, which signifies honour and riches. The body of the snake represents all the four seasons by the peach blossom, lotus, plum blossom and chrysanthemum engraved on its body. The shape of the snake’s tail symbolises Ganoderma – a Mushroom auspicious in China.