Photos: Stamps in US, China commemorate lunar new year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Special Stamp: 2016 Year of Monkey (China Post)

It’s become as much a Chinese New Year tradition as the holiday itself. Every lunar new year, both the U.S. Postal Service and the China Post issue Chinese New Year stamps, to the joy of collectors and well-wishers around the world.

China Post began issuing Chinese New Year zodiac stamps in 1980 with each year dedicated to an animal in the Chinese zodiac, beginning with the Year of Monkey and ending with the Year of Ram. Famous Chinese artist Huang Yongyu painted a monkey for the first stamp, which was proved so popular as gift that many forgeries exist.

The Year of Monkey Stamp issued by China Post in 1980.

The Year of Monkey Stamp issued by China Post in 1980.

Chinese New Year Special Stamp: 2016 Year of Monkey (China Post)

Chinese New Year Special Stamp: 2016 Year of Monkey (China Post)

The 2016 monkey stamp was released on Jan 5 and are designed by Huang Yongyu, the father of China’s first ever set of Chinese new year stamps, which were also monkey-themed, and issued in 1980.“I’m making it hilarious, a monkey with a peach and hanging on the trees,” Huang said.His designs even echo China’s latest national policy allowing for two children per couple, and shows two monkey babies with their mothers.Chinese people believe that those born in the year of the monkey are successful and good at making deals, and they don’t mind spending a lot to bring a bit of monkey-business into their home.The price of the stamps has risen 150,000 times since the 1980 release.

The U.S. Postal Service’s first Chinese New Year stamp series in 1992 included all twelve traditional animal signs. The current and second series — which began in 2008 — emphasizes holiday traditions.

Photo: Chinese New Year & Stamps

YEAR OF THE MONKEY (2016, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE MONKEY (2016, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE MONKEY (2016, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE MONKEY (2016, Issued by USPS)
The 1st Round of Chinese New Year Stamps Collection by China Post
The 1st Round of Chinese New Year Stamps Collection by China Post
The 2nd Round of Chinese New Year Stamps Collection by China Post (Part 1)
The 2nd Round of Chinese New Year Stamps Collection by China Post (Part 1)
The 2nd Round of Chinese New Year Stamps Collection by China Post (Part 2)
The 2nd Round of Chinese New Year Stamps Collection by China Post (Part 2)
The 3rd Round of Chinese New Year Stamps Collection by China Post
The 3rd Round of Chinese New Year Stamps Collection by China Post
2015 Year of Ram Stamp by China Post
2015 Year of Ram Stamp by China Post
YEAR OF THE RAT (2008, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE RAT (2008, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE OX (2009, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE OX (2009, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE TIGER (2010, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE TIGER (2010, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE RABBIT (2011, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE RABBIT (2011, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE DRAGON (2012, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE DRAGON (2012, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE SNAKE (2013, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE SNAKE (2013, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE HORSE (2014, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE HORSE (2014, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE RAM (2015, Issued by USPS)
YEAR OF THE RAM (2015, Issued by USPS)

Story compiled with the pictures and information from China Post, USPS, U.S. National Postal Museum, China Daily.