Around the world, a new year is welcomed with noise.
Chinese drums, with drumsticks painted red for luck, highlight the U.S. Postal Service's 2014 Year of the Horse stamp, seventh in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series.
The Year of the Horse begins on January 31, 2014, and ends on February 18, 2015.
Available in sheets of 12 stamps, customers may purchase the stamps at: usps.com/stamps, at (800) STAMP24 (782-6724) or at Post Offices nationwide and on eBay at: ebay.com/stamps.
The Year of the Horse stamp is the seventh of 12 stamps in the current Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The stamp art depicts Chinese drums with drumsticks, painted red for luck, of the sort traditionally played to welcome the New Year.
The U.S. Postal Service originally introduced a 12-year Lunar New Year stamp series in 1993 depicting the artwork of Clarence Lee. In 2008, the series resumed with the work of Kam Mak's Year of the Rat stamp.
The series will continue through 2019 with stamps for the Year of the Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar.
This limited edition stamp is being issued in plenty of time for customers to mail new year's greetings.
Customers may view the Celebrating Lunar New Year: Year of the Horse Forever stamp, as well as many of this year's other stamps, on Facebook at: facebook.com/USPSStamps, on Twitter@USPSstamps or on the Web site: USPSstamps.com.
Kathleen Swanson is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.