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January 17, 2019

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Canada Post celebrates the Year of the Pig

Lunar New Year stamps feature character from famous Chinese novel

January 17, 2019

Posted in News Releases

MARKHAM, ONT. – Canada Post rings in the Lunar New Year with a two-stamp issue on January 18, the 11th in its current 12-year series. In honour of the Year of the Pig, the stamps feature Zhu Bajie, or Pigsy, a character from the celebrated 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West.

“Canada Post is proud to join Canadians of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and other East Asian heritage celebrating the Lunar New Year,” says Jo-Anne Polak, Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs at Canada Post. “Since this annual issue kicked off with the Year of the Ox stamp in 1997, it has only grown in popularity.”

Designed by Albert Ng and Seung Jai Paek of Albert Ng and Associates, the Year of the Pig issue offers PermanentTM domestic- and international-rate stamp booklets plus:

  • a traditional gummed pane of 25 domestic-rate stamps, featuring four Chinese blessings; and
  • philatelic collectibles including an unsealed international-rate Official First Day Cover (OFDC), suitable for use as a “money envelope” in traditional gift-giving.

The Year of the Pig begins on February 5, 2019, and ends on January 24, 2020. Those born under the sign are said to be frank, trusting, compassionate, diligent and determined.

The stamps and related collectibles are available at and at postal outlets across Canada. Follow these links for high resolution images and for additional information in Details magazine.

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