As the Chinese New Year Festival draws to an end, we have a look at the history of the Zodiac animal for this year; the horse, and its history in conjunction to the delivery of packages and mail across the world. Aside from Pigeons, one of the most common forms of animal mail was by horse.
Horses were a primary method of delivering mail and sending important messages for several years, in countries across the globe. Accompanied by riders, horses could deliver hand messages or small bundles across great distances, and were later used to pull larger carts with bulk packages and large amounts of mail across long distances.
The service can date back as early as the 13th century, as horses are an incredibly fast animal, not capable of tiring easily, so can travel long distances with little effort. At times dogs were used to deliver smaller pieces of mail, but often horses would be used due to their stamina and speed.
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As well as the Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year Festival having its own original set of postage stamps, nowadays you can even personally design your own stamps on various postage sites, and the creativity is endless.
Personalising a custom stamp on a parcel to China or elsewhere in the world could be your way of marking your business, or a cute way of making your envelope seem a little more personal, when sending gifts to a relative. If you are an emerging new business, a personalised postage stamp would be an excellent way to establish yourself as a reliable seller.
Modern day technologies allow customisation on a variety of levels, and postage stamps are just one of the many examples of these. Because of modern printing technologies, there are ways of customising everything from key chains to mugs to t-shirts, and giving a friend or relative a customised gift, no matter how small, makes a great, personal gift that they can cherish.
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As the Chinese begin the week long celebrations to welcome the Lunar New Year, we have a look at some of the specially designed, limited edition stamps created across the world to honour the start of the Chinese New Year. These can come in a variety of designs, but often have something to do with the Zodiac animal of that year. As this year is the year of the horse, many of the New Lunar Year stamps will feature the design of a horse.
Singapore’s Design for Year of the Horse 2014
Some stamps are available only as collector’s items, whereas others can actually be used as real stamps. Sheets of specially designed Lunar New Year stamps will sometimes come on a printed background that has the phrase ‘Happy New Year’ written in both English and Chinese written across the top, or down the side. Sheets will also typically have a design printed on the background of fireworks, or a traditional Chinese dragon.
Why not use your recently acquired Lunar Festival stamps to send a parcel to China or send a package to a friend or relative living overseas? With RAND Logistics, we can ensure that your package gets to its intended recipient quickly and safely.
Last Friday was Chinese New Year, and with it marks the start of traditional Chinese New Year’s celebrations. These celebrations will happen over the course of the next week and will involve cleaning out the house in preparation for the New Year, hanging paper lanterns and other colourful decorations about the house, painting to bring in the New Year, and a whole host of other traditions that sees 2014 as starting afresh!
2014 is the year of the horse, which surprisingly, means prosperity and wealth for all those not born in the year of the horse. According to superstitions, in your zodiac year you will offend Tai Sui, so those born in the year of the horse may suffer from bad luck. Horses can offset this by wearing the horses lucky colours; red, green or purple.
Like January the 1st represents a new start for many other cultures, the 31st January represents a clean slate in China. The Chinese will often send gifts of money and food to their family friends and business partners in order to amend relationships. Why not send a heartfelt gift to a friend or relative living abroad, to imitate the ‘new beginnings’ attitude brought about by the Chinese New Year, using RAND Logistics?
We’ve focused on some traditional events taking place in January all over the world this week and we’re concluding with our build up to Chinese New Year. The oldest festival in China is just two weeks away now, with the celebrations of the year of the horse taking place on the 31st January. If you’re gearing up for Chinese New Year or know someone in China who will be celebrating in two weeks time, choose RAND as your logistics company to send parcels to China.
On the eve of Chinese New Year, families will spring clean their homes in preparation for a new beginning. Once cleaning is over, everything used to clean is put away to symbolise the idea that good luck will not be brushed away. Once New Year s Eve arrives, families will host a large dinner with all sorts of traditional Chinese food. The theme of good luck is maintained as phrases wishing happiness and wealth are present across the household.
The night is filled with huge fireworks displays that are meant to scare away any evil spirits along with dragon costumes and red clothing. Children are given red envelopes by their parents and grandparents that contain treats and money, a further sign of prosperity and good luck. The festival continues for 15 days, concluding with a lantern procession at night.
Make sure you check out RAND Logistics range of services this Chinese New Year or contact us for more information about how we can get your parcels from A to B on a worldwide scale.