StampNews.com is glad to introduce to our readers' attention a special annual stamp by USPS celebrating 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. With a design that evokes centuries of tradition, this Eid Greetings philatelic item has already attracted the attention of philately lovers.
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 a brilliant blue.
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.