With a new rate schedule taking effect January 1, 1995, this stamp honoring the lunar new year did not have much of a run as a solo stamp for first-class mail. This is the third stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service in its ongoing Lunar New Year series. It features a boar, the last of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. For Chinese people around the world, the most important annual holiday marks the arrival of the lunar new year. The celebration involves gift giving and a religious ceremony.