UN postal agency issues special Diwali stamp

• India on Wednesday thanked the UN 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.

• The struggle between Good & Evil happens everyday @UN. Thank you @UNStamps 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.

• 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.

About Diwali

• 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.

• The UN agency had said in its description accompanying information about the stamps.

• During the celebration clay lamps known as diyas are lit to signify the victory of good over evil.

• The festival also symbolises 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 honour 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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Prelims level: UN Postal Agency

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