Celebrating Lunar New Year Series Continues in 2013

In 2013, we hope you will join us in welcoming the Year of the Snake with a bang! The new lunar year begins February 10, 2013, and we’ll be celebrating with the release of this, the sixth of twelve stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The series, which began in 2008, will continue through 2019 with stamps for the Year of the Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar.

The gorgeous Year of the Snake stamp features original artwork by illustrator Kam Mak, who grew up in New York City’s Chinatown and now lives in Brooklyn. The artwork for the stamp series focuses on some of the common ways the Lunar New Year holiday is celebrated. For the Year of the Snake, the illustration—originally created using oil paints on panel—depicts firecrackers of the sort commonly used to greet the new year.

The stamp design also incorporates two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps—Clarence Lee’s intricate paper-cut design of a snake and the Chinese character for “Snake,” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun.

The Year of the Snake stamp will be issued as a Forever® stamp in 2013. (Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.) An official release date has not yet been set, but the stamps are currently available for pre-order. There is also an awesome set of notecards!

How do you plan to celebrate the lunar new year?

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5 thoughts on “Celebrating Lunar New Year Series Continues in 2013

    • Details about the First Day of Issue ceremony have not yet been set. But we’ll let you know when they have!

  1. Please let me know when the Lunar New Year 2013 stamps are available on line.
    thank you.

  2. Chinatown in Los Angeles is lovely that time of year and with a very vibrant Asian community in the LA area it would be a great place to hold the event.

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