The stamp issue (Domestic and International) by Canada Post for the Year of the Snake is created in lavish textures befitting the luxury-loving Snake. On the domestic stamp, a red snake slithers on curving waves, symbolizing the water influence on this particular Year of the Snake. On the international stamp, a yellow and green jade snake, artfully embossed on multiple levels to provide three-dimensionality and simulate scales, coils into a stylized 8, the luckiest and most valued number by the Chinese people. Both images visually draw on the most significant character attributes of the Year of the Snake.
The Macao Post adopted the \”Heavenly Stems\” calculation method to figure out the nature of the \”Five Elements\” in the sixth issue of the third series of Chinese Zodiac stamps \”Lunar Year of the Snake\”. According to the \”Five Elements\”, there are five different natures of snake: \”Water Snake\”, \”Metal Snake\”, \”Earth Snake\”, \”Fire Snake\” and \”Wood Snake\”. This year, the snake\’s nature from the \”Five Elements\” is \”Water Snake\”, so it becomes the main character of the five stamps.