Diwali: First joint issue with India Post

Posted on Sept. 21, 2017 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

This year, the 15th day of Kartika in the Hindu calendar falls on October 19 to mark the beginning of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains throughout Canada and around the world. For the occasion, Canada Post and India Post released their first joint issue one month before the festival.

The Canadian special commemorative stamp, which can be reprinted based on demand, was designed by Doreen Colonello at Entro Communications. It is part of our second issue this year on multicultural events.

Illumination is believed to ward off evil and attract happiness and good fortune. In keeping with these beliefs, annual Diwali traditions include fireworks and the lighting of rows of small clay lamps – much like the ones depicted on the stamps. Colourful geometric rangoli patterns are created using such things as rice, paint, sand or flower petals. Also, special sweets are enjoyed and gifts exchanged.

Stamp Specifications

diwali_booklet
  • Product #: 414063111
  • Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Price: $8.50
  • Denomination: 2 x Permanent™ (domestic)
  • Dimensions: 30 mm x 36 mm
  • Printing Process: 5 colours + varnish
  • Quantity: 300,000
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diwali_OFDC
  • Product #: 414063131
  • Layout: Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $2.70
  • Denomination: 2 x Permanent™ (domestic)
  • OFDC Cancellation Location: Toronto ON
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Quantity: 12,000
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diwali_souvenirSheet
  • Product #: 404063145
  • Layout: Souvenir sheet (Canada)
  • Price: $3.00
  • Denomination: 1 x $2.50 (international) 1 x 25 Indian rupees
  • Printing Process: 5 colours + varnish
  • Dimensions: 75 mm x 100 mm
  • Quantity: 75,000
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diwali_souvenirSheet_OFDC
  • Product #: 342159
  • Layout: Joint souvenir sheet Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $4.00
  • Denomination: 1 x $2.50 (international) 1 x 25 Indian rupees
  • OFDC Cancellation Location: Toronto ON and India
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Quantity: 8,000
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diwali_souvenirsheet_India
  • Product #: 342168
  • Layout: Souvenir sheet (India)
  • Price: $0.60
  • Denomination: 1 x 25 - 1 x 5 Indian rupees
  • Dimensions: 137 mm x 84 mm
  • Quantity: 10,000*
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* Available through Canada Post.

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