Expressing the Sense of the House of Representatives That the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, as an Entity of the United States Postal Service, Should Issue a Commemorative Stamp in Honor Of…by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney
Posted on 2013-01-25
of new york
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 25, 2013
Ms. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
introduce the House Resolution Expressing the sense of the House of
Representatives that the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, as an
entity of the United States Postal Service, should issue a
commemorative stamp in honor of the holiday of Diwali. I am proud to be
joined in this effort by my colleagues Congresswoman Grace Meng and
Congressman Ami Bera.
This House Resolution urges the United States Postal Service to issue a stamp in honor of the holiday Diwali. Meaning ``row of lights,'' Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, the awareness of one's inner light, the dispelling of ignorance, and bringing peace and joy through the awakening gained from this higher knowledge. Also marking the beginning of the Hindu New Year, this festive and important Indian holiday is observed in America, and across the globe, by Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, and Buddhists.
But despite the significance of this holiday, the United States Postal Service has yet to merit Diwali with the same recognition as other major religious holidays for which stamps are issued such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Eid.
As one of the world's oldest religious holidays, Diwali has survived political, economic and social changes throughout history, while always carrying the universal symbolism of the victory of light, goodness, knowledge and truth. It is long overdue that we honor this significant holiday with a postage stamp of its own.