U.S. Postal Service Announces New Kwanzaa Stamp

Holiday postage stamp is the fourth in a series.

Posted: 10/14/2011 05:46 PM EDT

Spread cheer, the holidays are near, and you could send your loved ones some of the festive spirit via snail mail.


Announced today, the U.S. Postal Service has issued a newly designed "Kwanzaa (Forever)" stamp commemorating the traditional African-American holiday.


The stamp, along with a newly designed Hanukkah stamp, was dedicated today at the American Stamp Dealers Association National Stamp Show in New York City.


“This year, for the first time, all of our holiday stamps are being issued as 'forever' stamps,” said Stephen Kearney, executive director of Stamp Services for the USPS. “These popular stamps rank among our best sellers, with 1.3 billion being sold from October to December last year. That amounts to one in every 10 stamps we sell for the year. We hope to sell even more this year and, remember, they last forever,” Kearney noted.


Unlike regular stamps, which are specifically denominated — first-class postage stamps now cost 44 cents — "forever" stamps are always worth whatever the current rates are. So if postage goes up to 46 cents, you won’t need to add a 2-cent stamp to mail a letter.


This is the fourth stamp design issued by the U.S. Postal Service in celebration of Kwanzaa. The colors in the stamp represent the colors of the Kwanzaa flag — green for growth, red for blood and black for the African people.


Kwanzaa, a non-religious holiday, takes place once a year and is celebrated on Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. It is intended to be a celebration of values prevalent in African culture.



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