According to the Chinese Lunar calendar, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger, which will begin on the new Lunar New Year on 1 February.
It’s said that the Lunar New Year, aka the Spring Festival in China, is the most important of the traditional festivals celebrated by Asian cultures throughout the world, bringing families together to feast, exchange gifts of money wrapped in red paper, and burn incense to honour their ancestors.
To celebrate the new Lunar Year of the Tiger, Australia Post has issued new stamps, which according to Australia Post Group Manager Philatelic Michael Zsolt, are set to provide an opportunity to send wishes of good fortune to family and friends, both in Australia and overseas.
“Each year, we look forward to seeing how the 12 animals of the Lunar New Year cycle will be represented on the stamp designs,” says Mr Zsolt.
“It is such an important time for families to connect and celebrate, and the stamp issue is always a popular one for our collectors.”
About the design
Award-winning designer Chrissy Lau, in her second consecutive year designing the Lunar New Year stamp for Australia Post, says the designs of this year’s stamps play on the familiarity of the waving Lucky Cat figurine seen in East/West culture.
“These popular icons evoke nostalgia and a sense of multiculturalism, so I wanted to weave these concepts into the Tiger,” says Ms Lau.
“I hope the stamps make people smile and give them a sense of fun because the world has been a bit crazy these past few years.”
The designs show the Tiger in three separate scenarios for stamps of $1.10, $2.20 and $3.30.
For the stamp collectors amongst us, a zodiac sheetlet represents all the animals of the zodiac in the same style with additional stamp denominations and a total of 15 separate designs.
The stamps and associated products, including a mini-sheet and stamp pack, are on sale now at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794, and online while stocks last.
People born in the Year of the Tiger are said to be very active, courageous, persistent, stubborn and imperious, with a tendency to irritability.
Famous people born in the Year of the Tiger include Marilyn Monroe, Usain Bolt, Lady Gaga, Steve Erwin and Queen Elizabeth II.