Estonia:Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse
Designer: Triin Heimann
Quantity issued: 50 000
Sheets: 4 x 5
Size: 40,88 x 41,3 mm
Perforation: 12¾ : 13
Printing house: AS Vaba Maa
According to the Chinese zodiac calendar the Year of the Horse will start on January 31, 2014 and will last until February 18, 2015. As the element of that animal sign is the tree, the New Year is also called the Year of the Wooden Horse. In Chinese mythology the horse has an important motive and it is connected with numerous myths, symbolizing power, speed, tenacity and freedom. In some cases the horse or horses are in the role of the main character, while others take a secondary role.
Horses had been domesticated in North-Eastern China about 7,000 years ago and they had such an important role that more than three thousand years ago they were buried together in the same grave with their owners. The horse was one of the most favourite animal for the Chinese. It was the fastest means of transportation until the arrival of cars, making it possible for people to arrive in their destinations. Therefore the horse was not just the sign of travelling, but also of fast success. People born in the Year of the Horse
are mundane, they do not like routine. They love freedom and travelling and are unpredictable. They are usually happy, friendly and keen, eager to cooperate and are not too egoistic, having a lot of social energy. It is necessary to ride carefully with the cheerful, lively and unpredictable horse and listen to the voice of wisdom. Patience and purposefulness will certainly come in handy in the New Year.
Via Juan Franco Crespo, Spain.