In order to celebrate the Indian festival on an international level, the United Nations postal agency has come out with a special stamp sheet. The stamps on this sheet have the symbols of light - diyas, on them and a lot of lights in the background.
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 depicts the United Nations Headquarters building lighted with the message of “Happy Deepawali” in order to celebrate the spirit of the auspicious festival.
“Diwali, also known as Deepawali is the lightful and most popular festival of India, which is celebrated worldwide and by followers of many faiths including Sikhism, Jainism etc” the UN agency had said in its description along with information about the stamps.
Deepawali festival denotes victory of good over evil among other other things. In sikhism religion, Deepawali is hailed as the day when Gurunanak was born and hence it is celebrated by Sikhs, too.
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A commemorative stamp in order to honour Deepawali was started by The United States Postal Service (USPS) in October 2016.
It took efforts of seven years, diplomacy and advocacy by The Indian community living in America to make this USPS Diwali stamp a reality. Several Congressional resolutions by American lawmakers such as Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney also made their effort to help this cause.