What is the Lunar New Year Stamp Series?

SUMMARY OF USPS® 2008-2019 LUNAR NEW YEAR STAMPS
(Celebrating Lunar New Year Series)

NAME OF STAMP

GENERAL INFORMATION

Year of the Snake

 

Year of the Snake Stamp (Celebrating Lunar New Year Series)

The Year of the Snake is the sixth of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year Series. The Year of the Snake began on February 10, 2013, and ends on January 30, 2014. The stamp art depicts red firecrackers of the sort traditionally used to scare off evil spirits and welcome the New Year. Artist Kam Mak created this original painting. Art director Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year Stamps to create continuity between the series.

Year of the Dragon

 

Year of the Dragon Stamp (Celebrating Lunar New Year Series)

The Year of the Dragon stamp is the fifth of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year Series. The Year of the Dragon began on January 23, 2012, and ended on February 9, 2013. The stamp art depicts part of a colorful dragon figure of the sort manipulated by dancers welcoming the New Year. Artist Kam Mak created the eye-popping illustration. Art Director Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year Stamps to create continuity between the series.

Year of the Rabbit

 

Year of the Rabbit Stamp (Celebrating Lunar New Year Series)

On Jan. 22, 2011, the U.S. Postal Service  issued the fourth of twelve stamps in its Celebrating Lunar New Year Series, which began in 2008 with the Year of the Rat. The Year of the Rabbit bagan on Feb. 3, 2011, and ended on Jan. 22, 2012.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan, and Mongolian heritage in many parts of the world. In the United States as elsewhere, the occasion is marked in various ways across a diverse array of cultures. Parades, parties, and other special events are common.

Kumquats, such as those depicted in the stamp art, are given as gifts and eaten for luck at this time of renewed hope for the future.

Famous people born in the Year of the Rabbit include film director Francis Ford Coppola, athlete Michael Jordan, and actress Drew Barrymore.

Art director Ethel Kessler worked on the series with illustrator Kam Mak, an artist who grew up in New York City’s Chinatown and now lives in Brooklyn. The illustration was originally created using oil paints on panel.

Kessler’s design also incorporates elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year Stamps, using Clarence Lee’s intricate paper-cut design of a rabbit and the Chinese character-drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun for "Rabbit."

Year of the Tiger

 

Year of the Tiger Stamp (Celebrating Lunar New Year Series)

The U.S. Postal Service® introduced its Celebrating Lunar New Year Series in 2008. This is the third stamp in that series, which will continue through 2019 with stamps for the Year of the Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar.

Art Director Ethel Kessler and artist Kam Mak, who grew up in New York City’s Chinatown and now lives in Brooklyn, worked on the new series and decided to focus on some of the common ways the Lunar New Year Holiday is celebrated. To commemorate the Year of the Tiger, which began February 14, 2010, they chose narcissus flowers, conside

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