The Hong Kong Post has released a set of six special stamps to commemorate different Hong Kong festive customs, such as drawing fortune sticks and putting up red-colored scrolls for the New Year.
The set, which was announced on February 7th and went on sale yesterday, can be purchased in various forms such as in a presentation package, or with the special commemorative postmark and date stamp from the post office.
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The stamps were designed by Mr Cheng Kar-wai, a local artist and Design Director at monster workshop. They were printed using lithography for the colors and patterns, while hot foil stamping techniques were used to illustrate the hands performing the actions.
Each denomination of stamp, from HK$2 to HK$5, features a different design; aside from drawing fortune sticks and red-coloured scrolls, the others are: the throwing of wishing placards, offering the first incense of the year, spinning wheels of fortune, and the unicorn dance.
Stamp collecting is a vibrant hobby in Hong Kong, with many schools featuring a “stamp club”.
Edited by Jamie Lam