Wednesday, January 15, 2014

stamps: year of the horse

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Year of the Horse stamps is the seventh stamp in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Horse begins on January 31, 2014 and ends on February 18, 2015.

Across many cultures, in the United States as elsewhere, the Lunar New Year is celebrated in various ways, often with parades and parties. Firecrackers are traditionally used to scare off the evil spirits and welcome this time of renewed hope for the future.

Combining artwork by Kam Mak with two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps - Clarence Lee's intricate paper-cut design of a horse and the Chinese character for "Horse," drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun - art director Ethel Kessler has created a culturally rich stamp design that celebrates the diversity of the American experience.

The Year of the Horse stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in sheets of 12.

You can read more about the Year of the Horse stamp here.

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