Canada Post on Thursday released a new stamp to mark Diwali, the festival of lights, which is observed by Hindus worldwide. Interestingly, this is the fifth year that the primary postal operator in Canada has marked Diwali by issuing a special stamp for the festival. The first time was in 2017.
Designed by Kristine Do and illustrated by Rena Chen, the stamp tries to capture the essence of Diwali with its depiction of marigold flowers and mango-tree leaves.
“This year’s stamp was inspired by two elements traditionally found in toranas: marigold flowers and mango-tree leaves, that embellish the entrances and facades of homes and temples during Diwali,” the description given by Canada Post read.
“The stamp is a vivid presentation of colours, with warm shades of orange and yellow harmonising with green and white against a captivating purple-blue background. At its centre is an artful interpretation of the marigold flowers and mango-tree leaves that are traditional elements of torana garlands,” it said.
The Diwali stamp is available in a special booklet of six, costing CA$ 5.52 or approximately Rs 340.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU DIWALI MESSAGE
Earlier on Sunday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the Indian community in the country to celebrate Diwali at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
The Canadian Prime Minister took to Instagram to share a glimpse of the celebration and wrote, “In just a few days, people across the country and around the world will celebrate Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas. Both celebrations are about the triumph of light over darkness, and about optimism – and both are a symbol of the light we all need more of. To everyone who came together for yesterday’s event on Parliament Hill: Happy Diwali! Happy Bandi Chhor Divas! I hope the celebrations this week bring you optimism for the year ahead.”
The development came at a time when Canada’s relations with India are at an all-time low.