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USPS rings in the Lunar New Year with a stamp celebration

A group of people stand on a stage surrounded by festive Lunar New Year decor and a someone wearing a large dragon costume
The Year of the Dragon stamp dedication ceremony participants gather at the Seattle community center that hosted the event.

The Postal Service dedicated its latest Year of the Dragon stamp during a ceremony in Seattle on Jan. 25.

“For more than three decades, the Postal Service has issued stamps highlighting the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in many Asian cultures,” said Eduardo H. Ruiz Jr., WestPac Area vice president, who spoke at the ceremony in the city’s historic Chinatown-International District.

“The success of this series is a wonderful reminder of the power of tradition to bring friends and family together in the spirit of celebration. And tradition, of course, is what Lunar New Year is all about,” he said.

Joining Ruiz at the ceremony were Bruce Harrell, mayor of Seattle; Joël Barraquiel Tan, director of the Wing Luke Museum; and Claudine Cheng, president of the APA Heritage Foundation.

The event included performances by Tanya Woo, an award-winning dancer; the Seattle Chinese Folk Dance Group; and the Mak Fai Dragon and Lion Dance Team.

Connie So, a professor at the University of Washington and president of OCA Greater Seattle, was master of ceremonies.

“For many Asian Americans, the Lunar New Year celebrates a chance to leave behind the troubles of the past year and invite prosperity and good luck moving forward,” she said.

Antonio Alcalá, an art director for the Postal Service, designed the stamp with original artwork by Camille Chew.

The Year of the Dragon stamp is the fifth in the latest series of Lunar New Year stamps, which began in 2020.

The Forever stamp is available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and at usps.com.