Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday symbolizing the need for a harmonious and principled togetherness in the family, the neighborhood, the nation, and the world. The seven guiding principles that Kwanzaa celebrates are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
The Postal Service issued a 32-cent Kwanzaa stamp on October 22, 1997, in Los Angeles, California. The stamp features the seven symbols used to celebrate the seven principles that are the foundation of Kwanzaa.
The stamp is the second in the Holiday Celebrations Series. The Holiday Celebrations Series was begun in 1996 to reflect a different cultural or ethnic holiday each year. The first stamp in the series was the Hanukkah stamp on October 22, 1996.
Designed and illustrated by Synthia Saint James of Los Angeles, California, the stamps were issued in self-adhesive panes of fifty and self-adhesive vendible booklets of fifteen. Avery-Dennison produced the stamps in the gravure process.
Reference: Postal Bulletin (September 25, 1997).
Scott Catalogue USA: 3175
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