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United Nations to issue special stamp to commemorate Deepavali

The United Nations Postal Agency in a goodwill gesture has decided to issue special stamps next month on the occasion of Diwali. The United Nations Postal Administration will issue the stamp at a New York special event on October 19 to commemorate the Indian festival.

“Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is the joyous and popular festival of lights, which is celebrated in India and across the world by followers of many faiths,” the UN agency said.

The stamps are available in the denomination of USD 1.15, which contains ten stamps and tabs featuring festive lights and ‘diyas’ or lamps on it. The stamp sheet has been designed to feature the image of the United Nations building illuminated with the message of Happy Diwali” to celebrate the spirit of the festival.

Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN welcomed the announcement with a tweet, “Nice Diwali gift from @unstamps coming next month”.

This is not the first time, international organisations have issued stamps to honour Indian traditions. The United States Postal Service (USPS) had launched a commemorative stamp in honour of the festival of Diwali in 2016.

Diwali, or Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights, symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”.

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