04 February 2020
24 Solar Terms: Spring
Design: Shirman LAI
Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France
Process: Lithography; Silk Stamp Sheetlet: Lithography
Stamp Size: 18 mm x 36 mm
Stamp Layout: Pane of 24 stamps (arranged in “Tête-bêche” format)
Souvenir Sheet Size: 140 mm x 115 mm
Perforation: 13.5 x 13.25 (one elliptical perforation on each vertical and arc)
Paper: Paper with security fibres
Date of Issue: 4 February 2020
Reportedly originating in the Yellow River Basin, the 24 solar terms of the Chinese calendar reflect the change of seasons and meteorological patterns. The Chinese system of 24 solar terms was inscribed on the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016. Hongkong Post takes pride in presenting the first special stamp issue themed on the 24 solar terms in 2020. Debuting with six solar terms for spring, the stamps feature “Spring Commences”,“Spring Showers”, “Insects Waken”, “Vernal Equinox”, “Bright and Clear” and “Corn Rain”. With the stamp sheet arranged in tête – bêche pairs, it is the first time to have semicircular stamps, which will be launched on the day of “Spring Commences” to herald the first season of the year.
The 24 Solar Terms collectively refer to a knowledge system of time and social practices progressively developed by the Chinese people through observation of the sun’s periodic motion, changes of seasons and phenological cycles. This system was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2016. On the day of “Spring Commences”, Hongkong Post debuts the special stamp issue on the theme of “24 Solar Terms – Spring”, featuring the six solar terms of spring, namely “Spring Commences”, “Spring Showers”, “Insects Waken”, “Vernal Equinox”, “Bright and Clear” and “Corn Rain” in vivid colours. It is also first-ever to have stamps that are semicircular in design, rendering the issue exceptionally collectable.
A prestigious folder contains a set of 6 stamps. The folder bears a special design matching the specific theme of the enclosed stamp products, making it a good addition to stamp collection.