from KOMPAS newspaper http://bisniskeuangan.kompas.com/read/2012/01/17/1928220/Perangko.Seri.Naga.Air.Menyambut.Imlek
JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - In conjuction with Chinese New Year celebration, PT Pos Indonesia issued a new series of stamps, the Water Dragon Stamps. Choice of name in accordance with the chinese zodiac this year, the year of the dragon.
In a launch event held at the Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall, Jakarta, Tuesday (01/17/2012), President Director of PT Pos I Ketut Mardjana stated, stamps are not just a means of paying the cost of postal service. "Stamps also function to commemorate and record events and to foster relations among nations," explained Mardjana.
Chinese New Year celebrations not only become an important event for the citizens of Chinese descent. With the launch of the stamps , Mardjana hope that socio-cultural relation, between Indonesia-China economy can be strengthened. The stamp was issued in a cooperation between PT Pos Indonesia and the Institute for Cooperation on Economic, Social, and Cultural Indonesia-China (LIC), an institute which also comprises expert on Chinese Culture from both countries.
Also present on this launching was Mr. Shao Yiwu, China's cultural attache to Indonesia, Sukamdani Sahid Gitosarjono, Chairman of LIC, and Prof. Wiryatna, Direktur Pos Dirjen Penyelenggara Pos dan Informatika (PPI).
PT Pos has published a series of zodiac-themed stamps since 2007. For the 6th series, PT Pos publishes three kinds of stamps. The first variety, the dragon and burung Hong (Fenghuang?/phoenix) stamps with Klenteng (temple) Hok Ceng, Kamaro Island, Palembang in the background. The second is a pair of dragon and the Kylin stamps with klenteng Tri Dharma Raya, Singkawang, West Kalimantan as the background. Meanwhile, the third variety is the dragon and burung Hong with Pagoda Watu Gong, Semarang in the background.
"The Issuance of Shio stamp series is a form of appreciation for Indonesia's cultural diversity keragamaman Indonesia," said Mardjana. The event was livened up with performances of Indonesia-China art collaboration. Kecak was present as the opening ceremony, followed by a traditional Chinese dance. In the middle of the show, Lion Dance were also performed. The event's closing was marked with the appearance of lion dancers, and ending at 16.30 pm.