Isle of Man

Issue Date 2nd January 2015 2015

Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a miniature sheet of stamps to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Sheep and in recognition of our presence at the 2015 China International Collection Expo (CICE) in Beijing.

为了庆祝2015中国羊年,马恩岛邮局和馬恩岛华人協会隆重推出一套羊年生肖票。本着促进中英文化交流,马恩岛华人会長周爱珍女仕在马恩岛邮局的邀请下,帮助及撰写羊年生肖文化背景,她希望马恩岛邮局或英国其它邮局能持续发行有关中国文化且值得收藏的邮品,這套郵票由5個圖案组成,包括16張面值10P的郵票和價值£3.8 的首日封。這套郵票設計精美,色彩絢麗,兼具現代和傳統风格,收藏價值極高,請有意購買人仕向马恩岛邮局预订。


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2015 tc64 yearofthesheep sheetlet 001AiZhen (Jenny) Zhou writes…

Another colourful and meaningful celebration of the Chinese Year of the Sheep. This very special stamp issue from Isle of Man Stamps & Coins of the Chinese Year of the Sheep is not only a unique collectable but also provides cultural & business exchanges between the Isle of Man and China.

The Year of the Sheep is the Chinese Zodiac sign for 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 and 2027. 

Lucky colours for someone who is born under The Year of the Sheep are red, green and purple. Their lucky flowers are carnation and primrose. The auspicious directions for those who are born under the Year of the Sheep are South, East and Southeast.

The year 2015 is going to be an exciting year – more specifically for individuals who fall under The Year of the Sheep – it is THEIR year! According to the Chinese astrological calendar and meaning, the Year of the Sheep 2015 dates are between 19th February 2015 and 7th February 2016. The 2015 Year of the Sheep falls
under the element of Wood.

The Sheep is the eighth sign in the Chinese calendar which makes it seem to be a good aspect since the number “8” is a lucky number according to Chinese beliefs. The number is also believed to attribute prosperity and peace.

People who are born under The Year of the Sheep commonly belong to a lower or middle-class family. Although the Sheep may not be a member of an upper-class part of the society, he knows how to adjust when he is with the elites. He does not discriminate other’s weaknesses and he helps whenever he can. As a matter of fact, it is the Sheep’s happiness to make other people happy.

A Sheep is a natural humanitarian yet he is not too attached to pets. Sheep people have very good fortune in all aspects; they always have the necessary things that make life easier for them. They will have good opportunities to show their talents in a career. Generally, their financial fortune will go well. They are generous with their time as well as their money. They crave love, attention and approval in life. 

People born in The Year of the Sheep are of pure nature, tender, fashionable, well-mannered, sophisticated and shy sometimes. Kind-hearted as they are, they believe in the “forgive and forget” policy. Although they seldom get angry, they get annoyed when compelled to follow and often work as a live calendar when it comes to remembering birth dates and anniversaries. Unfortunately, they are very poor at handling their own finances. Talking about female Sheep, anything frilly, lacy and pink goes well with them. They like their surroundings to be “spic-and-span” and their children are amongst the most neatly dressed.

iompo cpi690x300 yearsheepThe Sheep should be around people who he can always lean on - someone who understands his mood swings and the kind of life that he wants to live. The best matches for a Sheep are individuals who were born in The Year of The Rabbit, The Year of The Horse or The Year of The Pig. Under the influence of the element Wood, the Sheep is a witty individual who is very thoughtful and is mindful to other’s wishes. He is generous, sentimental and has a high moral in life. He completely trusts those people who inspire him.

Sheep are intellectual individuals who always have clever ideas about certain things. They cautiously and circumspectly cope up with sensitive business matters. These individuals do not usually plan their future but they can intelligently cope with the flow of their lives whether good or bad things happen. They are emotionally strong and are physically fit. Most women Sheep are into outdoor activities while the male ones tend to focus their energy on their jobs or business.