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zodiac animal Christmas greetings card

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One in a series of greetings cards designed by Caroline using inspiration from time spent living in Kobe, Japan. Taken from artwork created with hand carved stamps of iconic Japanese symbols.

The welcoming of the new year, on January 1st, is a big celebration in Japan. Translated as oshōgatsu in Japanese, each new year is symbolised by one of the 12 animals from the Chinese zodiac. It is said that individuals born in a certain year show some characteristics of that animal.
Rat - Ox - Tiger - Rabbit - Dragon - Snake - Horse - Goat - Monkey - Rooster - Dog - Pig/Boar 

2019 is the year of the boar. If you are born in the year of the boar (or pig in the Chinese zodiac,) your strengths may include honesty and tolerance. With energy and enthusiasm, you will enjoy life and the fortune that comes your way through hard work. 

2020 is the year of the rat. If you are born in the year of the rat in the Chinese zodiac, you are said to be an intelligent and quick-thinking individual. Your kind personality will make you a likeable person, with sensitivity and creativity being some of your positive attributes.

Professionally printed on 300gsm
Laid white card stock
A6 sized (105 x 148mm)
Blank inside for your own message
Written description of design meaning included
Includes coordinating envelope and plastic sleeve
Posted in durable envelope

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