year of the cat / ねこ年

December 30, 2011

2010Vietnam001
2010Vietnam002

1 December 2010, Vietnam
design: Nguyen Du

After I wrote ‘four days to the end of the year of Rabbit’, I realised that at the origin of the Chinese zodiac, new year does not come until 23 January 2012.  Also in Vietnam, one of the countries to follow the tradition of the Chinese zodiac, this year is the year of Cat.  This set of stamps were issued at the end of 2010, for the new year celebration of 2011.

Yes, the world consists of great diversity.  I want to learn more about those interesting differences and how people express their originality, through the world of stamps.

I wish you all have a happy new year.

「うさぎ年もあと4日」と一つ前のポストで書いてのち、十二支の発祥国である中国では新年が来年の1月23日まで来ないことに気付きました。そして、ヴェトナムでは今年は「ねこ年」だったことも。この切手は2010年の末に発行された、2011年の新年を祝うものだったようです。

世界は多様な気候と生活様式と考え方に満ちている。そんな興味深い違いについて、そんな違いがどんな風に目に見えるのかを切手を通して発見したい、という思いを新たにしています。

みなさんに素敵な新年が訪れますよう。

2 Responses to “year of the cat / ねこ年”

  1. Jürgen Says:

    do you know why in some countries the Year of the cat, is the Year of the rabbit (or even hare) and opposite ?

    Happy New Year to you !!

    • Tomoko Says:

      I have no idea why the Rabbit year is changed to the Cat in Vietnam… just guessing that a king in their history really loved cats??

      I wish you have a happy new year, too!


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