Kwanzaa Stamps

Kwanzaa Stamps

Forever 60¢

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Issue Date: 10/13/2022

With this new stamp design, the U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa. The annual Pan-African holiday, which takes place over seven days from December 26 to January 1, brings family, community, and culture together for many African Americans.

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  • With this new stamp design, the U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa. The annual Pan-African holiday, which takes place over seven days from December 26 to January 1, brings family, community, and culture together for many African Americans.

    The stamp design depicts two children, a girl and a boy, standing together with a kinara (candleholder) and the seven lit candles (mishumaa saba) in front of them. They are dressed in robes akin to spiritual garments. A light-blue circle behind the children’s heads represents wholeness and unifies the figures, and a mosaic motif frames the background.

    Kwanzaa is a festive time for rejoicing in the prospect of health, prosperity, and good luck in the coming year. It is also a time for contemplation and recollection of past hardships, faced by both individuals and communities, and the ways in which history can inform and impact future happiness.

    Every year, millions of African Americans gather with friends and family throughout the week of Kwanzaa to honor the Pan-African holiday’s seven founding principles—Unity (Umoja), Self-Determination (Kujichagulia), Collective Work and Responsibility (Ujima), Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa), Purpose (Nia), Creativity (Kuumba), and Faith (Imani). With origins in ancient and modern first-harvest festivities occurring across the African continent, Kwanzaa incorporates and reimagines many communal traditions as a contemporary celebration and reaffirmation of African American culture.

    Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with original artwork by Erin Robinson.

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

    Made in the USA

    SKUs featured on this page: 580604

  • Issue:Kwanzaa 2022 Stamp
    Item Number:580600
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Pane of 20
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:October 13, 2022, St. Louis, MO 63155
    Art Director:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Designer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Artist:Erin Robinson
    Modeler:Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Press Type:Gallus RCS
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:12,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):0.77 x 1.05 in/19.558 x 26.67 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):0.91 x 1.19 in/23.114 x 30.226 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):5.55 x 5.76 in/140.97 x 146.304 mm
    Plate Size:160 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“B” followed by four (4) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Plate number in four corners
    Back:©2022 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (580600) • Promotional text • Plate position diagram (8)

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