Lunar New Year Stamp Marks Asian Year Of The Ox

January 5th, 2009

The Lunar New Year stamp marking the Year of the Ox goes on sale Thursday, perhaps a special event for President-elect Barack Obama.

Asian folklore lists 12 animals as representing years and attributes the characteristics of those animals to people born in those years.

Obama was born during a year of the ox, Aug. 4, 1961. People born under that sign are said to be hardworking, tolerant and persistent.

First-day ceremonies for the stamp are in New York City and the stamps will be on sale nationwide, postal officials said.

Others born during a year of the ox include Diana, Princess of Wales; former President Richard Nixon; former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; artist Vincent Van Gogh; singer Bruce Springsteen; boxer Oscar De La Hoya; and actors George Clooney, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman, Richard Gere and Dustin Hoffman.