Canada Post has issued a special Postage Stamp that recognizes Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two of the most important festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and worldwide.
Canada has proven itself to be the kind of nation that accepts diversity and taking in different cultures at a time when the rest of the world is grappling with intolerance, racism and religious phobias. Canada is home to over 1 million Muslims.
The colorful new stamp, which features light and dark blue and orange with a yellow geometric pattern over top, was inspired by Islamic architecture, according to Canada Post.
The Arabic text inside the pointed arch, which symbolizes the importance of beauty, unity and light, reads “Eid Mubarak,” which translates to “Have a happy Eid.”
Eid al-Fitr falls at the end of June in Canada and signifies the end of Ramadan, the month where Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, marks the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to obey God.
Both festivals can include special prayers, extravagant meals and visits with loved ones.