Celebrating Chinese New Year in stamps

Last month the US Postal Service  commemorated the Year of the Rabbit with its own stamp! It’s the first Forever stamp in their Celebrating Lunar New Year series. It is the fourth of 12 designs in the series, which began in 2008 with the Year of the Rat. Illustrator Kam Mak, who grew up in New York City’s Chinatown, originally created the image using oil paints. Notice the calligraphy design for “Rabbit.” Kumquats, like persimmons and oranges, are given as gifts and eaten for luck at this time of year.

Check out Canada’s own leaping lievre, as well as these beautiful stamps from Australia, New Zealand, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, mainland China and Hong Kong. Which do you like best?

The pair of rabbits conveys the idea of “the treasuring of each other” and symbolizes a year of abundance.” The stamp on the right represents “achieving success in all one’s endeavors.”

And check out this cool post card, courtesy of Gulfman Maxicards in Taiwan, with Canadian stamp:

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