2008 - Year of the Rat
Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Happy New Year!
Cau chuc qui vi va gia dinh nhieu an lanh va suc khoe trong nam moi!
(May you and your family enjoy lots of peace and good health in the new year!)
Vietnam post issues Tet stamps
State-run Vietnam Post has issued a new stamp collection to celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year), which starts on February 7.
As 2008 is the Year of the Rat, the main character on the stamps is a folk-style rodent. The 37 x 37 mm stamps were designed by Dang Minh Vu, one of the winners of a stamp design competition in early 2007.
There are two prices for each stamp: VND800 (US$0.05) and VND8,000 ($0.5).
The Vietnamese calendar has a twelve year cycle and each year is represented by an animal.
In 1972 and 1996, Vietnam Post issued two stamp collections featuring the mouse of Dong Ho folk culture - Dam cuoi chuot (rats’ wedding) and Chuot trang vinh quy (professor rat returns to the village).
First day envelope
Thursday, February 7 marks the beginning of the Year of the Rat, or rather year 4706 according to the Chinese calendar. A ratty year doesn’t mean a bad year. If you’re curious about Tet or what the year portends, check the links:
Têt 2016 8/2 Abe/Monkey * Têt 2015 19/2 Ged/Goat * Têt 2014 31/1 Hest/Horse * Tet 2013 10/2 Slange * Tet 2012 dragens år * Têt 2011 year of the Cat * Têt 2010 year of the Tiger * Têt 2009 Year of the Buffalo * Tet 2008 Year of the Rat * Year of the Pig 2007 * Tet 2006 Hundens år * Tet 2005 Hanens år