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US Postal Service released long-awaited Diwali Forever Stamp

Diwali Forever Stamp

New York, Oct 6 (UITV)- The long-awaited Diwali postal stamp was launched by the US postal service, capping seven-year-long efforts by Indian-Americans and influential American lawmakers to commemorate the festival of lights.

Following years of hard work and advocacy, including thousands of petition signatures, multiple meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, personal appeals of President Barack Obama and multiple congressional resolutions, Maloney celebrated her success with members of the Indian American community.

The stamp was unveiled at the Indian Consulate at an elaborate “first-day-of-issue” dedication ceremony on Wednesday by Congressman Carolyn B. Maloney.

“The Postal Service is honored to issue this Forever stamp that celebrates the festival of Diwali,” said US Postal Service Vice-President of Mail Entry and Payment Technology Pritha Mehra. “We hope these stamps will light up millions of cards and letters as they make their journey through the mailstream.”

For the official ceremony, Maloney was joined by Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India; India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Member of the United Nations Security Council (Ret.) Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri and Diwali stamp Project Chair Ranju Batra.

The stamp shows a photo of a traditional ‘diya’ lit against a sparkling gold background and the words ‘Forever USA 2016’ written below.

“I am very honored to be part of history as the United States Postal Service released the Diwali Forever stamp at the consulate today,” said Riva Ganguly.

Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, Diwali is considered by some to be the start of the New Year.

The Diwali stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal to the value of the current First Class Mail 1-ounce price.