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Year of the Dragon
Date Issued: 2000-01-06
Postage Value: 33 cents

Commemorative issue
Chinese New Year
Year of the Dragon

Fifth in the cycle, Dragon Years follow the Rabbit and recur every 12th year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Dragon Year actually begins. The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast - the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.

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