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Hoppy new year

Rabbit stamp is latest in lunar lineup

The Year of the Rabbit stamp displays a stylized mask of a rabbit’s face, which is covered with meaningful symbols.

The Postal Service will release Year of the Rabbit, the fourth in the Lunar New Year series of stamps, on Jan. 12.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian cultures and has become a popular observance in the United States. The Year of the Rabbit begins on Jan. 22 and ends Feb. 9, 2024.

The design is based on cut-paper folk art and features the stylized mask of a rabbit’s face covered with meaningful symbols. For example, the crescent moon on its forehead is a nod to the lunar calendar on which the Chinese zodiac is based.

The mask is accented by red, pink and purple, colors considered lucky for those born under the sign of the rabbit.

Camille Chew created the artwork and Antonio Alcalá provided art direction.

The Postal Service’s two previous Lunar New Year stamp series ran 1992-2004 and 2008-2019.

The current series began in 2020 with Year of the Rat, which was followed by the Ox and the Tiger.

The Year of the Rabbit stamp will be available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and