17 October 2020

New Stamp on Diwali from Canada Post


Date of issue : 15 October 2020

A new commemorative stamp marking Diwali, a joyous five-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and other communities worldwide, was issued on 15 October 2020 by Canada Post.

This year, Diwali falls on Nov. 14 with festivities continuing for five days. Also known as the “Festival of Lights,” which begins on the 15th day of Kartika in the Hindu calendar, Diwali is celebrated through the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. For many people, the annual observance is also a time to welcome happiness and good fortune.

In Canada, people often light candles in their homes, and this illumination is believed to ward off evil and attract happiness and good fortune.

Designed by Gerald Querubin at Toronto’s Entro Communications, the stamp features a diya alongside a vibrant geometric background evocative of a traditional rangoli. The Permanent domestic-rate issue is available in 10-stamp booklets, 130,000 of which were printed by Toronto’s Colour Innovations using five-colour lithography. Each stamp measures 28 millimetres by 35 millimetres (vertical).

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