Happy New Year 2020!
This year is the start of a new lunar cycle. The animals in the Chinese zodiac are (legend has it) based on the order in which they arrived in a race to the Emperor's palace. Along the way, the Rat encountered a river too swift for him to cross. Upon seeing the Ox approach the river, the Rat convinced the Ox to let him ride on his back. Once they crossed the river and approached the Palace, the Rat jumped off the Ox and crossed the finish line first. Thus, the Rat is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac.
In contrast to the first set of Lunar New Year greetings, created as horizontal postcards, this series will be oriented vertically, on notecards. The traditional colors of Black, lucky Red and prosperous Orange (Gold) continue, as do the paper-cut motifs.