Year of the Dragon
Happy Lunar New Year! The Year of the Dragon begins on January 23, 2012, and ends on February 9, 2013.
I love this series of Lunar New Year stamps, and this year's is no exception. A beautiful paper-cut design combined with grass-style calligraphy and gorgeous color. Doesn't it just make you want to write letters all year?
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This is the year of the water dragon. There are 5 elements and 12 animals in the cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, the dragon being the only one that is mythical. By tradition, dragons are not feared, but are considered magical or divine — especially at this time of renewed hope for the future.
The Lunar New Year is traditionally celebrated with LUCK being the center of attention. Lucky foods such as kumquats are eaten and given as gifts. Lanterns, colored red for luck, are hung in rows. And teams of skilled puppeteers manipulate giant dragon figures to dance in parades and at parties. The Year of the Dragon is considered to be the luckiest of all!