Two new Diwali stamps to be launched at Parliament Hill celebration in October


Deepak Obhrai

TWO new Diwali stamps will be launched at this year’s National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill on October 18, according to Calgary Forest Lawn MP Deepak Obhrai, who will be hosting the event.

To mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post, and Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner of India to Canada, will unveil two Diwali stamps, the first-ever joint stamp issuing between Canada and India.

The first Diwali stamps – one depicting a lotus flower and the other, Diwali diyas –  were released in November 2011.  At the time, Canada Post said that they “worked with the Deputy High Commissioner for India in Canada to select the most appropriate images for the Diwali stamp.”

The program will include Diwali Pooja (blessings), speeches by attending political leaders, cultural performances and a reception.