Year of the Ram

The Postal Service marked the start of the Lunar New Year by issuing a Year of the Ram stamp Feb. 7 in San Francisco.

“This is one of the most beautifully designed, colorful, festive and majestic stamps ever issued by the Postal Service,” said San Francisco Postmaster Raj Sanghera during the dedication ceremony.

Sanghera was joined by Mayor Edwin Lee, former Organization of Chinese Americans National President Claudine Cheng, stamp artist Kam Mak and others.

The stamp depicts a wooden tray — known as a chuen-hop or Tray of Togetherness — filled with holiday sweets. This is the eighth of 12 stamps in the Postal Service’s Celebrating Lunar New Year series, which will continue through 2019.

The Lunar New Year, one of the most important holidays of the year for many Asian communities around the world, is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan and Mongolian heritage.

The Year of the Ram stamp can be purchased online and at Post Offices nationwide.