Thursday, August 25, 2016

U.S. Adds Hindu Stamp to Collection of Religious Holidays Including Christmas, Hanukkah and Eid

By Julie Zauzmer
The new stamp, courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service
WASHINGTON, DC---It took petitions from everyone from schoolchildren to members of Congress, and 12 years of waiting. Soon, a long-hoped-for goal will be a stickum-backed reality of less than a square inch: a new postage stamp recognizing the holiday of Diwali. The stamp, announced by the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday, will be the first stamp honoring the Hindu religion, joining U.S. postage that has marked Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays in the past. What’s the value of an old-fashioned stamp in a society that uses less and less snail mail? “Stamps are miniature pieces of art that reflect the American experience,” Mark Saunders at the U.S. Postal Service said. [link]