|Date of Issue||January 5, 2017|
First-Class Mail Forever
|Perforation or Dimension||1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm|
|Series||Celebrating Lunar New Year|
|Series Time Span||2010 - 2018|
|Issue Location||Seattle, WA 98134|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On January 5, 2017, in Seattle, WA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Year of the Rooster First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps. The Year of the Rooster $5.64 pane of 12 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.
The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 5, 2017.
The Year of the Rooster stamp is the tenth of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Rooster begins on January 28, 2017, and ends on February 15, 2018. The stamp art depicts a rooster emblazoned on a red envelope (hongbao). Parents present red envelopes containing money to children and loved ones during Lunar New Year celebrations. The color red symbolizes luck in Chinese culture, while rooster imagery is often used to ward off evil spirits. The characters at the top of the envelope form a common Chinese greeting of celebration and wish for prosperity and good fortune, used most frequently during Lunar New Year. Artist Kam Mak created this original painting. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps — Clarence Lee’s intricate cut-paper design of a rooster and the Chinese character for “rooster,” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun — to create continuity between the stamps in the series.