The 2012 Lunar New Year – Year of the Dragon stamp issue features the revered Dragon from Chinese legend. The Year of the Dragon is considered the luckiest and those born in that year are likely to be brave, tempestuous, powerful, wise and perfectionists.
The stamps show the development of the Chinese character for the Dragon, shown fully in the $1.80 stamp, and the way it is derived from its pictorial representation, shown in the 60c stamp. Paper cut motifs are used to represent the Dragon in the 60c stamp. Paper cuts are one of the most popular forms of Chinese art and are commonly used to decorate windows, lanterns, mirrors, gates and walls during the Chinese New Year celebrations. The Dragon occupies a special place in the Chinese zodiac, being the only mythical creature among them.
The miniature sheet tells the story (in Chinese and English) about the helpful, soft-hearted Dragon who, although expected to win the race because he could fly, only came fifth because he stopped during the race to create rain to break a severe drought and then aided the rabbit, a fellow competitor, by gently blowing him across the river on a raft. There is a special gold foil overprinting on the stamps, minisheet and zodiac sheetlet.
This is the fifth Lunar New Year stamp issue in the cycle from designer Dani Poon. The stamps also feature colourful gold foiling. There is also the first PNC of the year and a stamp pack that can double as a greeting card.
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Azerbaijan stamp-Lunar new year of the Dragon 2012
On 5th January 2012, Azerbaijan Post has issued a stamp set of dragon stamps to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year as part of celebrations for the upcoming year of the dragon.
“On the auspicious occasion of the New Year, the Year of the Dragon 2012, I cordially extend my best wishes to all Vietnamese people across the country and those living abroad,” Sang said in his message.
HA NOI — Viet Nam’s top leaders have exchanged congratulatory messages with their Chinese counterparts to mark the 62nd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries on January 18.