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Issuing a Zodiac Stamp Sheet - Hungarian-Chinese Cultural Relations
The Spring Festival, commonly known as the Lunar New Year, will begin on the 22nd of January 2023.

On this occasion, the Chinese Embassy in Budapest and the Chinese Cultural Centre in Budapest in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and the Hungarian Postal Service, will for the 10th time, issue a stamp sheet with the motives of the Chinese astrology.

The stamp symbolizes the year of the water Rabbit, which lasts from 22nd of January 2022 to the 9th of February 2023.

The year of the Rabbit stamp was designed by Krisztina Maros and 20,000 copies were printed, at the Banknote Printing House Zrt.

The upcoming Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year, means the beginning of spring and the New Year and it is the biggest celebration for more than a quarter of the world's population.

In China, families and friends celebrate together, the beginning of the New Year and it is all about family, a better future, prosperity, abundance and good fortune. The rabbit is the Chinese symbol for patience, luck and prosperity. The rabbit is quiet, calm and gentle, yet clever, resourceful and adaptable to a changing environment.

The Rabbit values security in his life and also avoids conflicts and complications.

According to tradition, in the Year of the Rabbit 2023, we will be more receptive to refinement and peace, with a greater focus on cooperation and culture.

The ceremony of issuing the stamp sheet, will take place at 10.00 a.m on the 16th of January 2023, at the Stamp Museum. The event, which is open to the press, will be attended by Nagy Márton, the Minister of Economic Development, Yang Chao, Minister of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Hungary, Jin Hao, Director of the Chinese Cultural Centre in Budapest and Dr. Barnabás Balczó, President of the Hungarian Postal Service.

The launch of the zodiac stamp is the 10th zodiac stamp of the Hungarian Postal Service and the 3rd ceremonial event held together with the Embassy of The People's Republic of China and the Chinese Cultural Centre in Budapest.

The stamp will be available for sale from the 16th of January 2023 at first-day post offices, at the Filaposta and it can also be ordered at the Magyar Posta online store.
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