Eid Greetings

Eid Greetings

Forever 55¢

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Issue Date: 6/10/2016

With a design that evokes centuries of tradition, this Eid Greetings stamp, featuring gold calligraphy and an olive branch, commemorates the two most important festivals—or eids—in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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  • With a design that evokes centuries of tradition, this Eid Greetings stamp, featuring gold calligraphy and an olive branch, commemorates the two most important festivals—or eids—in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On these days, Muslims wish each other Eidukum mubarak, the phrase shown in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp. Eidukum mubarak translates literally as “May your Eid be bountiful (or blessed),” a phrase that can be applied to both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

    The calligraphy on previous Eid stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service® has read Eid mubarak, “may the religious holiday be blessed," with the “your” implied, but this new stamp includes the word “your” to give the text more body within a horizontal frame. The stylized olive branch carries connotations of abundance, family, hospitality, and peace. The background color is purple.

    In 2016, Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated in North America on July 6 and Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on September 12. In 2017, Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated in North America on June 25 and Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on September 1. (These dates, which are based on geographical location and predicted sightings of the moon, are preliminary and may vary slightly as each festival approaches.)

    The U.S. Postal Service issued its first Eid stamp, with gold calligraphy against a blue background, on September 1, 2001. A new Eid stamp with gold calligraphy against a reddish background debuted in 2011 and was reissued with a green background in 2013.

    All Eid stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service to date feature the work of world-renowned calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya of Arlington, Virginia. The art director for this stamp was Ethel Kessler.

    Like other stamps in the Holiday Celebrations series, Eid Greetings is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA

    SKUs featured on this page: 556204

  • Issue:EID Greetings
    Item Number:556200
    Denomination & Type of Issue:First-Class Mail Forever
    Format:Pane of 20 (1 design)
    Series:N⁄A
    Issue Date & City:June 10, 2016, Dearborn, MI 48120
    Designer:Mohamed Zakariya, Arlington, VA
    Art Director:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Typographer:Mohamed Zakariya, Arlington, VA
    Calligrapher:Mohamed Zakariya, Arlington, VA
    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:PMS 7535 Gray, PMS 871 Gold, PMS 267 Purple
    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.⁄30.23 x 23.11 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):5.635 x 5.425 in.⁄143.13 x 137.80 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 three (3) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Plate numbers in four corners of pane
    Back:© 2015 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (556200) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

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