Nov 18, 2012

Israel FDC on "Festivals of Lights : Israel - India Joint Issue"

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Festivals of Lights : Israel - India Joint Issue

Date of Issue : 5 November 2012

Stamp on the Left : deepavali
Deepavali is the most significant and joyful holiday in the Indian year. In ancient Sanskrit, the word “deepavali” means “row of lamps” and it is customary to illuminate homes and streets with thousands of candles, lights and fireworks.

Stamp on the Right : Hanukkah
Hanukkah commemorates the Maccabean victory over their enemies, the Hellenistic kings of the House of Selvecus, and the miracle that occurred when worship resumed at the Temple in Jerusalem. It is customary to light candles in windows or doorways on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah to make this miracle known.
For the Jewish people, the Hanukkah candles symbolize the triumph of good over evil and the victory of justice over injustice. The menorah featured on the stamp was inspired by the wooden menorah used by the Jewish community in Bombay, India.

Israel and India established full diplomatic relations in 1992.

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