What a colorful and relaxing card came from Jo last week! It shows a temple in Ha Noi , the capital of Vietnam and the country's second largest city. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam (October 2010 officially marked 1000 years since the establishment of the city). The city is located on the right bank of the Red River.
As you know, in some Asian countries (Vietnam is one of them ), 12 animal designations are used in succession to be the specific name for a year according to the signs of the Heavenly Systems and of the Earthly Branches. Snake, whose picture carried many meanings and whose image appeared in most of the Asian cultures, is one of these 12 animals. Snake is one of the original religious cults of the ancient Vietnamese as well.
Therefore, it is not strange at all that Vietnam issued two stamps commemorating Year of the Snake that Jo used on this card. Many many thanks, Jo!