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Canada: A stamp in commemoration of islamic religious holidays

The Canadian Postal Service has issued a new commemorative stamp in honour of the two most important islamic religious holidays, Aid Al-Fitr and Aid Al-Adha.

Created by Context Creative and printed by Lowe-Martin, the stamp bears the calligraphic inscription Eid Mubarak, which means +Wishes from a blessed Eid+ in Arabic,” Canada Post said in a news release.

The events, which this year will begin on May 23 and July 30 respectively, are being celebrated by more than one million Muslims in Canada, it added.

Canada Post notes that Eid al-Fitr, the Feast of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar during which many Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, comes at the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, whose plans may change this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lasting several days, the two feasts are usually synonymous with group prayers, family visits, communal feasts, gifts and acts of charity.

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