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For the First Time Ever, Lithuanian Stamp Features Chinese New Year

Oct 31, 2013

On February 10, the Chinese will celebrate the New Year. To mark this occasion, on February 9, Saturday, Lithuania Post will release a new stamp on the theme The Chinese New Year.

The stamp designed by the artist Mindaugas Gribauskas features the snake, the symbol of 2013. The stamp will be released in the edition of 80 000 copies with nominal value of 2.9 litas.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and sheet will be released. On Saturday in Vilnius Main Post Office postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked with the first day cancellation.

The Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese festival usually marking the beginning of spring. As the festival is celebrated following the lunar calendar, the festival falls on different dates each year. In 2013, it will be celebrated on February 10. The festival coincides with the change in the zodiac sign. 2013 is the year of the Black Snake.

The Chinese New Year celebrations last for fifteen days. The first three days are spent together with the family and close friends. The seventh day is considered to be the human’s birthday. Everyone reflects on deeds of the previous year and progress in development and growth. The ChineseNew Year ends with the LanternFestival on the fifteenth dayof the month. This is the day when children make paper lanterns, light them, and release into the sky; the youth is out all night with the hope to meet a future husband or wife. Also, there are lots of matchmakers attempting to pair up single men and women. It is believed that the one who finds a match to someone will be happy all year round.

On the occasion of the New Year, the Chinese decorate homes and streets in red. Legends say that there was a monster called “Nian”who used to stay in the mountains or the sea; however, once per twelve years he came out for hunting humans. He was afraid of noise and the red color. This is why the Chinese set off fireworks and petards.

On average, Lithuania Post releases 25-30 stamps on a yearly basis. Lithuania Post provides postal, courier, and financial intermediation services.