OPT-NC is celebrating Chinese New Year 2016 - the Year of the Red Fire Monkey - with this new 110 XPF stamp issue, beautifully designed and drawn by Jean-Jacques Mahuteau.
According to the Chinese zodiac, the New Year beginning 8 February 2016 and ending 27 January 2017 should reflect many Monkey attributes and be cheerful, light-hearted and even carefree, energetic, enthusiastic and full of surprises and unexpected events. A mischievous breeze will blow over the Earth, bringing all sorts of innovations and lucky breaks in its trail, but there will also be flurries of confusion, upsetting the established order as they pass.
Monkeys have plenty of fighting spirit, optimism and creativity so this is a year to indulge your inventiveness and spontaneity, but you should avoid crazy impulses and foolish risks because Monkeys are crafty creatures and masters of hoaxes and scams. That about sums up the equivocal nature of this New Year: it’s all about forging ahead and staying on track in the face of changing winds and tides.
People born in the Year of the Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 & 2016) are intelligent, amusing and brimming with charisma. Masters of practical jokes, they are playful, hyperactive, inquisitive and ingenious. They usually find it hard to stay in one place but when they commit to a task or a cause, their commitment is total. Monkeys are confirmed flirts but once in a relationship, they are loyal and full of consideration for their partners. Monkeys get along wonderfully well with Rats and Dragons but it’s no go when it comes to Tigers, Snakes and Pigs.
This year, Monkey people will have twice as much energy and hustle power. Hold onto your hats... it’s going to be an exhilarating year!