US Post:Eid Stamp

The US Post will release a stamp on Eid greetings today.This new Eid stamp features the\"\" Arabic phrase Eid mubarak in gold calligraphy on a reddish background. Eid mubarak translates literally as “blessed festival,” and can be paraphrased “May your religious holiday be blessed.” English text on the stamp reads “EID GREETINGS.”

This new Eid stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. The new background color and calligraphy on this stamp will help customers and postal clerks distinguish the Forever stamp from the original Eid stamp, which was first issued in 2001 with gold calligraphy on a blue background.

Employing traditional methods and instruments to create this design, calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya chose a script known in Arabic as thuluth and in Turkish as sulus, describing it as “the choice script for a complex composition due to its open proportions and sense of balance.” He used homemade black ink, and his pens were crafted from seasoned reeds from the Near East and Japanese bamboo from Hawaii. The paper was specially prepared with a coating of starch and three coats of alum and egg-white varnish, then burnished with an agate stone and aged for more than a year. His black-and-white calligraphic design was then colorized by computer.

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