The U.S. Postal Service will release its new Kwanzaa “Forever” stamp at the MOJA Arts Festival, on 1st October 2016.Kwanzaa derives its name from the phrase “first fruits” in Swahili and has its origins in first-harvest celebrations. The holiday synthesizes and reinvents these tribal traditions as a contemporary celebration of African-American culture.
The image was made by artist Synthia Saint James, who worked with art director Greg Breeding on the stamp design. It features a young African-American woman as the embodiment of Africa. She wears a lavender dress with a collar of African design that also appears in her earring. A large purple bowl overflows with fruits and vegetables, symbolizing abundance.