The Horse, the seventh sign in the 12-year Chinese zodiac, symbolises strength and courage. At the same time, it also indicates the swiftness of life and the passage from one existence to another. The Horse is intelligent, energetic, bright, warm-hearted and able. Hence, ancient people like to designate an able person as "Qianli Ma" (千里马), literally a horse that covers a thousand li a day (One li = 500 metres).
People born in the Year of the Horse are gregarious and loyal by nature. They are clever, kind to others, cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but can be stubborn and impatient. Underneath their outgoing personality, there is a desire to please and to be liked.
The miniature sheet in this issue illustrates a popular poem that speaks of longing for home and family at the time of the new year. All the stamps (including the zodiac stamps) in this issue feature gold foil.
Date of Issue : 8 Jan 2002
Postmark : Christmas Island WA 6798
Denomination : 45c and AU$1.35
Zodiac Stamps Denomination : 4 x 5c, 4 x 15c and 4 x 25c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell, with Gold Foiling on Stamps
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Famous people born in the Year of the Horse include Chopin, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbra Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, John Travolta, Oprah Winfrey and Genghis Khan.