The Consulate General of India, New York, in association with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the Diwali Stamp Project is hosting the inaugural ceremony of Diwali Stamp on October 5, 2016, at its premises [3 East 64 Street, New York, 10065]. Following the inaugural ceremony, purchase and cancellation of the stamps, for collectors and customers will be facilitated at the Consulate.
With the release of the Forever Stamp, the U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the joyous festival of Diwali. The festive stamp that is aesthetically designed & features a traditional diya, an oil lamp, set on sparkling gold background. The photograph of the diya, which is symbolic of Diwali, was shot by Sally Andersen-Bruce of New Milford, Connecticut. The design is by Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, Virginia. William J. Gicker from Washington, DC, is the project’s art director.
The release of the Diwali postage stamp is a momentous occasion and the successful culmination of a long-sought goal of the Indian-American community. The decision by the U. S. Postal Service to issue the Diwali stamp is a remarkable step. This gesture is also another step towards the furthering collaboration between the two multicultural nations.