Wed, 30 Jan 2013 02:02:20 GMT

Congressmen seek US postage stamp on Diwali festival



Lalit K Jha
Washington, Jan 29 (PTI) Next time you receive a post parcel from the US, don''t be surprised to see a colourful display of Diwali on it as some American lawmakers have introduced a resolution seeking issuence of a postage stamp on the popular Indian festival.

Congresswomen Carolyn B Maloney and Grace Meng, besides Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, have introduced the resolution in the House of Representatives, urging the United States Postal Service (USPS) to create a stamp as per the Diwali Stamp resolution.

The USPS has recognised other major religious holidays such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Eid, with a commemorative stamp earlier.

"Meaning ''row of lights,'' Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, the awareness of one''s inner light, the dispelling of ignorance, and bringing peace and joy through the awakening gained from this higher knowledge," Maloney said in her remarks on the House floor.

She added that this festive and important Indian holiday is also observed in America.

"But despite the significance of this holiday, the United States Postal Service has yet to merit Diwali with the same recognition as other major religious holidays for which stamps are issued such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Eid," Maloney said.

"It is long overdue that we honor this significant holiday with a postage stamp of its own," she said.

Adding to this, Congressman Ami Bera said that he felt honored to celebrate the Republic Day with Ambassador Rao and other Indian leaders in DC.

"Congratulations to India on 63 years of democracy. As the world''s largest democracy, India has a special relationship with the world''s oldest democracy, the United States" he said.
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