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Canada: New stamp heralds the arrival of Diwali

Stamp rings in the annual Festival of Lights celebrated around the world


In a gesture celebrating cultural diversity and the spirit of Diwali, Canada Post, the nation’s primary postal operator, has introduced a captivating new stamp to mark the festival of lights observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and various communities globally.

Designed by Kristine Do and brought to life by the artistic finesse of Rena Chen, the stamp draws inspiration from the toranas—garlands adorning the entrances and facades of homes and temples during Diwali.

In a statement released on Thursday, Canada Post explained the intricate details of the stamp’s design, emphasizing the incorporation of two traditional elements: marigold flowers and mango-tree leaves. The stamp also features small clay oil lamps, known as diyas, elegantly placed in the four corners.

This marks Canada Post’s fifth Diwali stamp, following the issuance of stamps in 2017, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

The Diwali stamp, available in a special booklet of six, is priced at CA$5.52 and can be purchased at post offices nationwide, allowing Canadians to partake in the festivities and share the joyous occasion with loved ones.

Notably, the release of the Diwali stamp aligns with the ongoing Hindu Heritage Month in Canada, celebrated annually in November. The month serves as a tribute to the substantial contributions of the Indian community, adding a special significance to the Diwali celebrations.

As Canada continues to embrace cultural diversity, the issuance of the Diwali stamp stands as a testament to the country’s commitment to recognizing and honoring the traditions of its multicultural population.

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