Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Jan 30, 2013, 17:51 ET from U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Postal Service brings cultural art to life through postage stamps at 'The Museum of Chinese in America' this Saturday

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following event is being announced by the U.S. Postal Service:

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The United States Postal Service will be joining the Museum of Chinese in America during their festivities of the Lunar New Year starting on Saturday.  

The U.S. Postal Service brings cultural art to life with its newest stamp in their Celebrating Lunar New Year Stamp Series. The postage stamp enlargement will be on display on Saturday. Illustrator and artist Kam Mak will be present for interviews and autographs beginning at 1:00pm.

The Museum gift shop will have a supply of the limited edition Lunar New Year Forever stamps for sale. Visitors and philatelist wishing to have the stamps autographed by the artist may do so at the event.


United States Postal Service

Illustrator and Artist Kam Mak

Museum of Chinese in America


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Meet the Artist, 1:00 p.m.

Festivities 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


Museum of Chinese in America

215 Centre St

New York, NY 10013

(Located between Howard and Grand St one block north of Canal St)


The Postal Service introduced the Celebrating Lunar New Year series in 2008. This is the sixth stamp in that series, which will continue through 2019 with the Years of the Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar.

Illustrator Kam Mak, an artist who was born in Hong Kong, grew up New York City's Chinatown and now lives in Brooklyn, has designed each stamp in the series and will continue through the remaining six in the 12-year series.

This year's stamp features one of the primary ways the Lunar New Year holiday is celebrated. For the Year of the Snake, which begins on Feb. 10, the illustration depicts firecrackers commonly used to greet the new year with a bang.

The current series builds upon the Postal Service's original Lunar New Year stamp series, which was issued from 1992 through 2003.

Customers may view the Lunar New Year Forever stamps, as well as many of this year's commemorative stamps, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, on Twitter@USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at www.beyondtheperf.com/2013-preview. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service's online site for information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

Mak was commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to design the 12-year stamp series Celebrating Lunar New Year that began in 2008 and will continue through 2019.

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