Divaali ON POSTAGE STAMPS IN USA
WASHINGTON, D.C. USA, March 6, 2003: Source: Office of Congressman Frank
Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ):
U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr., founder of the Congressional Caucus on
India and Indian Americans, introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of
Representatives asking Congress to request the United States Postal Service to
issue a stamp honoring the holiday of Deepavali. The Citizen's Stamp Advisory
Commission, under the U.S. Postal Service, currently issues many stamps with
holiday themes, including Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and most recently Eid.
Pallone said he is hopeful that there will soon be a postage stamp commemorating
this beautiful festival celebrated in India and throughout the world. "The rich
culture associated with the Deepavali tradition includes observation of this
holiday by Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Muslims and Buddhists," Pallone
said. "Deepavali is a time for communal gatherings and spiritual enlightenment.
People from across the world make an effort to visit their family, friends and
neighbors on this wonderful holiday. The spirit of Deepavali has survived
political, economic and social vicissitudes throughout history, while always
carrying the universal symbolism of the triumph of light, goodness, knowledge
and truth." ..
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