Happy New Year
I thought that since it is New Years eve I should say more than just Happy New Year to all my readers. So hope this is somewhat interesting.
There have been stamps to commemorate the New Year since 1887 when in Germany the official postal printer inscribed envelopes and greeting cards.
From 1932 the government of Paraguay issued New Year stamps overprinted overprinted “Feliz Ano Nuevo 1932” (Happy New Year, 1932).
In 1935 Japan issued two New Year stamps. The USA has also issued (Lunar) New Year stamps with the animal of Chinese New Year. I am not sure from what year but I recall seeing some from 1997 somewhere, I think.
In 2009 the USA stamp will feature the Ox. The Ox is seen to represent positive characteristics such as responsibility, industriousness, intelligence and practicality, as well as negative traits like stubbornness and intolerance. Ye gods it must be my year!!!!!!!!! :-)
Here in Seoul there is probably some partying but not what I would be used to in Sydney. The “real” New Year here is the lunar New Year running from January 26, 2009 to February 13, 2010. I will miss it, but not that much as I’ll be back in Sydney with family. :-)
Happy New Year.. Look forward to you joining me on this blog in 2009
Enjoy your stamps……….. Michael