Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:51pm EST

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U.S. Postal Service brings cultural art to life through postage stamps at 'The
Museum of Chinese in America' this Saturday  
NEW YORK,  Jan. 30, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following event is
being announced by the U.S. Postal Service:

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130130/DC51545)

 What:        The United States Postal Service will be joining the Museum of Chinese in America during their festivities of the Lunar New Year starting on Saturday.                                                                                                                                       
              The U.S. Postal Service brings cultural art to life with its newest stamp in their Celebrating Lunar New Year Stamp Series. The postage stamp enlargement will be on display on Saturday. Illustrator and artist Kam Mak will be present for interviews and autographs beginning at 1:00pm.  
              The Museum gift shop will have a supply of the limited edition Lunar New Year Forever stamps for sale. Visitors and philatelist wishing to have the stamps autographed by the artist may do so at the event.                                                                                 
 Who:         United States Postal Service                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
              Illustrator and Artist Kam Mak                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
              Museum of Chinese in America                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
 When:        Saturday, February 2, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
              Meet the Artist, 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
              Festivities 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
 Where:       Museum of Chinese in America                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
              215 Centre St                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
              New York, NY 10013                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
              (Located between Howard and Grand St one block north of Canal St)                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
 Background:  The Postal Service introduced the Celebrating Lunar New Year series in 2008. This is the sixth stamp in that series, which will continue through 2019 with the Years of the Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar.                                                                       
              Illustrator Kam Mak, an artist who was born in Hong Kong, grew up New York City's Chinatown and now lives in Brooklyn, has designed each stamp in the series and will continue through the remaining six in the 12-year series.                                                              
              This year's stamp features one of the primary ways the Lunar New Year holiday is celebrated. For the Year of the Snake, which begins on Feb. 10, the illustration depicts firecrackers commonly used to greet the new year with a bang.                                                      
              The current series builds upon the Postal Service's original Lunar New Year stamp series, which was issued from 1992 through 2003.                                                                                                                                                           

Customers may view the  Lunar New Year  Forever stamps, as well as many of this
year's commemorative stamps, on Facebook at  facebook.com/USPSStamps, on
Twitter@USPSstamps  or on the website  Beyond the Perf  at 
www.beyondtheperf.com/2013-preview. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service's
online site for information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue
events and other philatelic news.

Mak was commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to design the 12-year stamp
series Celebrating  Lunar New Year  that began in 2008 and will continue through

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delivery service that reaches every address in the nation - 151 million
residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax
dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and
services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most
frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal
Service has annual revenue of more than  $65 billion  and delivers nearly 40
percent of the world's mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S.
Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. In 2011, Oxford
Strategic Consulting ranked the U.S. Postal Service number one in overall
service performance of the posts in the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world.
Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a
leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most
Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in
the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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SOURCE  U.S. Postal Service

Connie Chirichello, +1-973-580-1675, congetta.chirichello@usps.gov,

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