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US stamp for Eid
US postal stamps bear the pictures of late presidents, statesmen, sports
figures, wildlife scenes, inventors and one even bears the word, Love. The
US department of posts has just issued a beautifully simple stamp done in
calligraphy recognizing Eid which is celebrated by millions of Muslim
Americans at the end of the Ramadan fast.
Announcing the "Eid Mubarak" stamp, the US Postal Service noted
that the 33-cent stamp commemorates the two most important festivals or
eids in the Islamic calendar. The stamp, which is gracefully executed in
gold against a blue background, is reminiscent of many great works of
Designed by calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya, the Eid stamp features the
Arabic phrase Eid mubarak which translates as "blessed
festival," and can be paraphrased, "May your religious holiday
‘U.S. postage stamps are a reflection of the American experience,"
said Postmaster General William Henderson, and "inspiring subjects
and designs continue to bring history to life."
In November 1999, representatives Dana Rohrabacher, California, and Thomas
M. Davis, Virginia, introduced legislation that a U.S. postage stamp
should be issued recognizing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The
resolution noted that there are more than "five million practicing
Muslims in the United States, who represent one of the fastest growing
segments of American society." q