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1993-1, Scott 2429-30 Year of Cock (1993 Gui-You Year)
Cock Herald the Break of Day
(2-1), Cock Herald the Break of Day, 20 fen, 26*31mm
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Auspicious in Four Seasons
(2-2), Auspicious in Four Seasons, 50 fen, 26*31mm
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Year of Cock (1993 Gui-You Year)
(1-1f), Year of Cock (1993 Gui-You Year), 70 fen, - mm
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Technical details
Scott No: 2429-30
Serial number: 1993-1
Values in set: 2
Date of issue: January 5, 1993
Designers: Cai Lanying
Engravers: Hu Zhenyuan
Size: 26*31mm
Perforation: 11.5
Sheet composition: 32
Printing process: gravure-engraving combined
Themes: Culture, New year,
Background
For the convenience of farming production with clear seasonal changes, China traditionally applied the lunar calendar based on the shape of the moon. The order of years was composed of the ten Heavenly Stems and the Twelve Earthly Branches. The combination of Jia, Yi, Bing, Ding etc. in the ten Heavenly Stems and Zi, Chou, Yin, Mao etc in the Twelve Earthly Branches totals 60 kinds, which are called "60 Jia Zi" meaning a cycle of 60 years. Twelve animals match with the twelve Earthly Branches with each representing one year. Gui-You Year is the year of the cock. Therefore, cock is the symbolic animal for people born in this year.

In this set of stamps, the first one with white background and red cock implies our country will be more prosperous in the coming year. The second one, a Chinese character of "cock" with the drawing of peony, lotus, chrysanthemum and plum blossom around, symbolizes good luck for four seasons.
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