2016 Hanukkah

2016 Hanukkah

Forever 55¢

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Issue Date: 11/1/2016

Hanukkah spans eight nights and days of remembrance and ritual. The U.S. Postal Service® joins the celebration with a new Hanukkah stamp in 2016.

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  • Hanukkah spans eight nights and days of remembrance and ritual. The U.S. Postal Service® joins the celebration with a new Hanukkah stamp in 2016.

    The stamp art features a warm, elegant illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home. The candles – one for each of the eight nights and days of Hanukkah, and the ninth, the shamash or "servant," used to light the other candles – are a creamy white and have all been lit. The white window trim is visible through the branches of the menorah, which echo the tangle of snow-covered tree branches beyond the glass.

    Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for "dedication." Tradition relates how a miracle took place during the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been desecrated by conquering armies. The sacramental oil, thought to be enough for only one day, burned for eight days.

    The miracle of the oil is at the heart of the ritual of the lighting of the hanukiah, a menorah – candelabra – used only at Hanukkah. Traditionally, it was placed for all to see at the entrance of the home to proclaim the miracle. Many times in history it was not safe for Jewish families to make such a public declaration of faith, and the menorah was set instead in a prominent place inside the home. Today in the U.S., many families are renewing the tradition of displaying the menorah in windows during the holiday.

    The eight nights and days of Hanukkah begin on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, a date that falls in late November or December. In 2016, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 24.

    The Hanukkah stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA

    SKUs featured on this page: 559904

  • Issue:Hanukkah Stamp
    Item Number:559900
    Denomination & Type of Issue:First-Class Mail Forever
    Format:Pane of 20 (1 design)
    Series:Holiday Celebrations
    Issue Date & City:November 1, 2016, Boca Raton, FL 33432
    Designer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Art Director:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Typographer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Artist:William Low, Huntington, NY
    Modeler:Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Printed at:Browns Summit, NC
    Press Type:Alprinta 74
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:15 million stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
    Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 7443 Lavender
    Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
    Image Area (w x h):1.05 x 0.77 in.⁄26.67 x 19.56 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):1.19 x 0.91 in.⁄30.22 x 23.11 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):5.64 x 5.43 in.⁄143.12 x 137.79 mm
    Press Sheets Size (w x h):22.54 x 10.85 in.⁄ 572.52 x 275.59 mm
    Plate Size:320 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“B” followed by five (5) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Plate numbers in four corners of pane
    Back:© 2015 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (559900) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

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