‘Rat’s Wedding’ theme of Lunar 2020 series

A Permanent stamp (left) depicting a rat bride on route to her nuptials was issued as part of Canada Post’s latest Lunar New Year set, marking the end of a 12-year series that began in 2009. The 2020 Lunar New Year set’s international-rate stamp depicts a happily married rat couple.

Canada Post issued the final set of its most recent Lunar New Year series on Jan. 17, a day after the stamps were unveiled at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. Designed by Albert Ng and Seung Jai Paek, who have worked on several past Lunar New Year issues, the stamps present a traditional “Rat’s Wedding” story in a style of folk art known as Chinese farmer painting. The set’s Permanent domestic-rate stamp depicts the bride on her way to her nuptials while an international-rate stamp shows the happily married couple. “A merry wedding procession of rats is a common folk-art motif associated with the Chinese New Year,” said Ng, 70, who’s the founding president of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario and is known as the “Father of Accreditation.” Continue reading →

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