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Diwali 2018: UN releases special stamps to commemorate festival of lights

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    United Nations, Nov 7: The United Nations has released special postal stamps to commemorate Diwali. India thanked the UN Postal Administration for issuing special postal stamps.

    Stamps released by UN

    Stamps released by UN

    The United Nations Postal Administration issued a special event sheet on October 19 to commemorate the festival of Diwali.

    Syed Akbaruddin

    Syed Akbaruddin

    "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," India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

    The United Nations

    The United Nations

    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.

    "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.

    India thanked UN

    India thanked UN

    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.

    OneIndia News with PTI inputs

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