Mint Stamp Sheet Commemorates
the Year of the Rabbit
This stamp sheet was issued in 1999 to celebrate the year of the rabbit. The rabbit – or hare – is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac.
In Chinese culture, the hare is symbol of the Moon, while the Peacock symbolizes the Sun. Combined, the two symbols make up the Yin and Yang of life. Some legends say the markings on the moon show the hare pounding a mortar and pestle. They believed it was the companion of the moon goddess Chang’e, and that it was always pounding the elixir of life.
Common traits of people born in the year of the hare are creativity, compassion, and sensitivity. Hares are often friendly, outgoing, like the company of others, and avoid conflict. They usually prefer safe, comfortable environments, which may keep them from taking risks and missing out on good opportunities.
Hares, a larger type of rabbit, are calm and rarely show aggressive behavior. They’re also known to be very stylish and interested in different cultures. Hares are likely to enjoy artistic projects such as painting and music, as they love to express themselves.
Skilled communicators, hares excel in management positions. They also make excellent teachers and public relations people. Other jobs well suited to the hare include: therapists, psychiatrists, doctors, writers, masseurs, publishers, designers, actors, and musicians.
People born in the year of the hare likely find their best matches with people born in the year of the sheep, pig, or dog.
Recent years of the hare include: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011. Some famous hares you may know are Albert Einstein, Leon Trotsky, Frank Sinatra, Pope Benedict XVI, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Depp.