2013 Eid Stamp Revealed!

EID2013-Forever-single-BGv1This morning we are delighted to announce that later this year the U.S. Postal Service will release a Forever® stamp commemorating the two most important festivals—or eids—in the Islamic Calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, while Eid al-Adha comes at the end of the hajj, the annual period of pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

On these days, Muslims wish each other Eid mubarak, the phrase shown in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp. Eid mubarak translates literally as “blessed festival” and can be paraphrased, “May your religious holiday be blessed.” The stamp features calligraphy from the 2011 Eid stamp with a new green background.

In 2013, Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on August 8, and Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on October 15. (These dates, which are based on geographical location and predicted sightings of the moon, are preliminary and may vary slightly as each festival approaches.) A release date for this stamp has not yet been set.

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