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UN postal agency issues special Diwali stamp

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

on Wednesday thanked the for issuing special postal stamps to commemorate Diwali, the Indian

The Postal Administration issued a special event sheet on October 19 to commemorate the festival of

"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 stamps on the occasion of the auspicious Festival of Lights," India's Permanent to the UN tweeted.

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 features the Headquarters building illuminated with the message of "Happy Diwali" to celebrate the spirit of the festival.

"Diwali, also known as Deepawali is the joyous and popular festival of lights, which is celebrated in 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.

The (USPS) had in October 2016 launched a commemorative stamp in honour of the festival of

The USPS Diwali stamp became a reality after seven-years long efforts and advocacy by the Indian-American community and several Congressional resolutions by influential American lawmakers such as Congresswoman

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 13:35 IST