One of the set of Chinese Lunar New Year cards showing flowers of the republic, hand-painted in the traditional Chinese art style on linen-finished cards. I think this is plumb blossom, a symbol of luck. Chinese New Year is commonly referred to as Spring Festival in China. Sighting the first Swallows as they arrive back from Africa to England is one of the joys of the natural year for me. We have had some warm springs in previous years which has meant that they have arrived early. How do they know?
I will gloss over the fact that this card was actually issued in the year of the rat but to compensate here is the Chinese stamp for this year of the rabbit.
Apparently they were selling like hot cakes in China. Or should I say hot dumplings, one of the traditional things to eat for this festival along with sticky rice pudding or nian gao. Its stickiness will hold or bind families together.
Kung Hei Fat Choi. Cantonese for Congratulations (that it has happened) and be prosperous.