The unveiling ceremony on January 10
A ceremony was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 10 to mark the official release of China’s first ever official mascots, "Nian Wa" and "Chun Ni", celebrating the arrival of Chinese lunar New Year (February 8), special stamps entitled Greeting 2016 Lunar New Year, and commemorative postcards.
The two mascots, named "Nian Wa" and "Chun Ni", meaning New Year Boy and Spring Girl, are based on characters form traditional woodblock prints widely seen as symbols of good luck and happiness. They were designed by He Zhong, an associate professor from the College of Art and Design at Beijing University of Technology.
Meanwhile, a boy and girl is featured on special stamps, jointly setting off fireworks to celebrate Spring Festival. In addition, traditional Chinese couplets are also written on both sides to greet the occasion.
Former Vice-Chairperson of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) Gu Xiulian, who is also director of China’s National Committee for the Wellbeing of Youth and honorary president of the committee on the selection of mascots concerned attended the event.
Newly released special stamps