2008 YEAR OF THE RAT #4221 Pane of 12 x 41cents US Postage Stamps

Sunday, January 10, 2010

2008 YEAR OF THE RAT #4221 Pane of 12 x 41cents US Postage Stamps

2008 YEAR OF THE RAT #4221 Pane of 12 x 41cents US Postage Stamps - Millions of people around the world will celebrate the Year of the Rat beginning February 7, 2008. The rat is the first of twelve animals associated with the Chinese lunar calendar. People born in the Year of the Rat are said to be industrious, adaptable, and ambitious. The Year of the Rat ends on January 25, 2009. The Lunar New Year is celebrated primarily by people of Chines, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan, and Mongolian heritage in many parts of the world. In the United States as elsewhere, the occasion is marked in various ways across the many cultures. Parades, parties, and other special events are common. Festive lanternsin red for luckare common decorations at such celebrations, where they are frequently hung in rows. The stamp design incorporates elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps, including an intricate paper-cut design of a rat and the Chinese characterdrawn in grass-style calligraphyfor Rat. ( Lunar New Year Series )

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