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Azerbaijan releases dragon stamps to mark Chinese New Year

(Xinhua)

09:01, January 15, 2012

BAKU, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Azerbaijan has issued a new postage stamp to mark the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year, the Year of the Dragon, the press service of the Ministry of Communications told Xinhua on Saturday.

The dragon stamp, which was issued by the "Azermarka" company of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan, measures 36x36 mm. Around 35,000 pieces have initially been printed.

New 0.25-cent postage stamp features a roaring fire dragon and set in a traditional Chinese red, a color representing good luck and happiness in Chinese culture.

According to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Dragon begins on January 23, 2012 and ends on February 9, 2013. The Chinese believe that the dragon is the ultimate auspicious symbol of success and happiness.

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