UN honours festival of lights, postal agency issues special Diwali stamp

The background of the sheet features the United Nations Headquarters building illuminated with the message of “Happy Diwali” to celebrate the spirit of the festival.

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The background of the sheet features the United Nations Headquarters building illuminated with the message of “Happy Diwali” to celebrate the spirit of the festival.

India on Wednesday thanked the United Nations Postal Administration for issuing special postal stamps to commemorate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. The United Nations Postal Administration issued a special event sheet on October 19 to commemorate the festival of Diwali.

Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, tweeted, “The struggle between Good & Evil happens everyday @UN. Thank you @UN Stamps for portraying our common quest for the triumph of Good over Evil in your 1st set of Diwali stamps on the occasion of the auspicious Festival of Lights”.

The sheet in the denomination of USD 1.15 contains ten stamps and tabs featuring festive lights and the symbolic lamps known as diyas.

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The stamp sheet, with the background of UN Headquarters building, features the illuminated message of “Happy Diwali” to celebrate the spirit of the festival.

In its description about the stamps, UN agency said: “Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is the joyous and popular festival of lights, which is celebrated in India and by followers of many faiths across the world”.

During the celebration clay lamps known as diyas are lit to signify the victory of good over evil. The festival also symbolizes the start of a New Year for many communities, it said.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) had in October 2016 launched a commemorative stamp in honor of the festival of Diwali.

The USPS Diwali stamp became a reality after seven-years-long efforts and advocacy by the Indian-American community and several Congressional resolutions by influential American lawmakers such as Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

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