Celebrating Chinese New Year 2011: Year of the Rabbit Stamp First Day of Sale Dedication Ceremony

The CCC is excited to announce that we will be joined by the US Postal Service in commemorating the Postal Service’s first day of selling the Lunar New Year – Year of the Rabbit Stamp on Jan. 22, 2011. You are invited to join us at 1 p.m. for the festivities!

This is the first Forever stamp in the Postal Service’s Celebrating Lunar New Year series. Forever stamps are purchased at the current 44-cent First-Class Mail one-ounce price but remain valid for one-ounce letters even when the price increases. It is the fourth of 12 designs in the series, which began in 2008 with the Year of the Rat.

Art director Ethel Kessler worked on the series with illustrator Kam Mak, an artist who grew up in New York City’s Chinatown. 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.”
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.

The Year of the Rabbit begins on Feb. 3, 2011, and ends on Jan. 22, 2012. The CCC will be celebrating with our annual festivities on February 19th and 20th. Join us this Saturday.