Year of the Ram

Ram stamp3

Celebration, treats and noise often marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year. A wooden candy tray, known as the chuen-hop or Tray of Togetherness, highlights the 2015 Year of the Ram stamp, the eighth in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Ram begins on February 19, 2015, and ends on February 7, 2016.

In the United States and elsewhere, the occasion is marked in various ways across many cultures; parades featuring enormous and vibrantly painted paper-mache dragons, parties, and other special events are common. Many families set out a candy tray, like the one depicted in the stamp art, to provide guests with an assortment of dried fruits and candies for a sweet beginning to the new year. Drums are played to celebrate this time of renewed hope for the future, with drumsticks sometimes painted red for luck. Firecrackers are set off to ward off evil spirits. Red envelopes (hong bao) containing money are given as gifts to children and loved ones.

The Year of the Ram Forever Stamp is now available by going to usps.com or by clicking here.

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3 Comments

  1. grannybunny

     /  February 25, 2015

    Spectacularly beautiful stamp. I read that the Chinese word for goat and sheep are the same. So, it’s not really specified which animal is considered auspicious, much less the gender of the animal: whether it’s a nanny or a billy or a ewe or a ram. Traditionally, most people gravitated toward the goat. However, younger people appear to prefer the sheep, as it’s more fluffy and cuddly, especially in the forms of small figurines or stuffed animals.

  2. Joyce

     /  February 26, 2015

    The Lunar New Year stamps are always gorgeous. Love the vivid colors!

  3. Jonn

     /  February 26, 2015

    I agree, these are awesome. I like how the vivid colors mix together and the crisp image pops out. I’m pretty selective when it comes to new additions to my stamp collection, and this is one I’m definitely including. I’ll probably pick up two though, one to keep and one to mail letters. Share the beauty, but keep some for yourself too. 😉

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