US Portal Service Launched a stamp with an Indian ‘diya’ or lamp on its face to commemorate the important Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, on October 5, in New York City.
In India, Diya lamps have been used during Diwali and it’s a sign of celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil and welcomed the return of Lord Ram. Diya lamps are naturally made from mud and use of cotton wicks (symbolic of human soul. ) dipped in a clarified butter known as ‘ghee’.
Oil used in diya’s represents the greed, jealousy, hatred, lust etc. Diya doesn’t merely represent a decorative item but reminds one and all to give up their materialistic desires, defeat their ignorance by gaining knowledge if they wish to merge with God.
Vice President of the US postal service Pritha Mehra said it was “an honour” to issue the Diwali stamp and added: “We hope these will light up millions of cards and letters as they make their journey through the mail stream.”
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