Controversy Over Holiday Stamps

November 25, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

On November 25, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "the piece of postage features a greeting for two major Islamic holidays rendered in gold Arabic calligraphy against an azure background. 'Eid Mubarak,' it reads in homage to Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, the monthlong period of fasting and prayer that will conclude this year on Dec. 6, and Eid al-Adha, a celebration during the pilgrimage to Mecca in February. The U.S. Postal Service first issued the stamp 10 days before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Last month, it reprinted the stamp as part of its permanent holiday series, despite calls from some customers to stop selling it."