On Diwali, UN Issues Special Stamps Displaying Diyas And Lights
The stamps are in the $1.15 denomination, which is the basic rate for international air mail letters.
United Nations, Nov. 8, 2018: 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,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.
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#Diwali2018 #HappyDiwali2018 pic.twitter.com/d86P4SBVsf
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) November 6, 2018
The sheet had 10 stamps of the denomination of USD 1.15. Each stamp had a different set of earthen lamps or diyas that are considered sacred. The sheet features the United Nations building illuminated in green and blue colours with the message, ‘Happy Diwali’ written on it.
“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.