Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights, is being celebrated on new stamp by Canada Post.
The stamp, which will be issued on Nov. 14, depicts a stylized Hanukkah menorah in different shades of blue with a golden Star of David at its centre. The forthcoming issue will be available in booklets of 10 Permanent stamps. Measuring 28 mm by 35 mm, the stamp was designed by Angela Carter, of Toronto’s Entro Communications. As with all 2017 stamp issues, the Hanukkah stamp includes a reference to the sesquicentennial of Canadian Confederation: printed in microtype along the right side are the words “Canada 150.”
Hanukkah has been celebrated in Canada for more than 250 years, since 1760, when the first Jews were allowed to immigrate.
This year, Hanukkah will begin on Dec. 12 and end on Dec. 20.
OFFICIAL FIRST-DAY COVER
An official first-day cover (OFDC) will also be cancelled in Montréal, Qué. with a Star of David pictorial cancellation. The colourful envelope, which measures 190 mm by 112 mm, is affixed with one of the Hanukkah stamps. A total of 12,000 OFDCs will be produced.
A total of 350 framed prints are also available and feature an enlarged version of the Hanukkah stamp alongside an open stamp booklet.