Chunghwua Post unveils postage stamps for Year of Rat

Chunghwa Post unveils its new postage stamps design for the year of the rat. (Courtesy of Chunghwa Post Co., Ltd.)Chunghwa Post unveils its new postage stamps design for the year of the rat. (Courtesy of Chunghwa Post Co., Ltd.)
Chunghwa Post unveils its new postage stamps design for the year of the rat. (Courtesy of Chunghwa Post Co., Ltd.)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Chunghwa Post (中華郵政) unveiled on Thursday its new postage stamps set for the Year of the Rat.

The stamps will be available across Taiwan starting on Dec. 3, according to a statement released by the official postal service of Taiwan.

To welcome the new year, the agency has launched a set of postage stamps that matches the Chinese zodiac since 1963.

The Chinese zodiac, based on the Chinese calendar, follows a 12-year cycle with each year represented by an animal and its reputed attributes.

The Year of the Rat marks the beginning of a new cycle of 12 animals.

The rat is the first of the 12-year cycle of animals. (Courtesy of Chunghwa Post Co., Ltd.)