USPS Year of the Snake Stamp

USPS Year of the Snake Stamp

2013 in the Chinese New Year is the Year of the Snake, which begins on February 10, 2013 and ends on January 30, 2014.  The Snake, also called Junior Dragon,  is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs.  Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.  People born in the Year of the Snake are keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.  They are great mediators and good at doing business.  Therefore, you should have good luck if you were born in the  Year of the Snake.

USPS Stamp (Shown above – information from the USPS site)

Combining original artwork by Kam Mak with two elements from the previous series ofLunar 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—art director Ethel Kessler has created a culturally rich stamp design that celebrates the diversity of the American experience.

The Year of the Snake stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in self-adhesive sheets of 12. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Other Examples:

Singapore Stamp

Singapore Stamp

Canada Year of the Snake

Canada

Here is an example from another year of the snake, 1989.

Here is an example from another year of the snake, 1989.