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Kwanzaa stamp arrives Oct. 13

The Kwanzaa stamp design features a woman whose eyes are closed, signifying the ways in which observers reflect on the holiday’s founding principles.

The Postal Service will release a Kwanzaa stamp Oct. 13 to celebrate the values and beliefs around African American heritage.

Kwanzaa, which takes place over seven days from Dec. 26-Jan. 1, brings family, community and culture together for many African Americans.

The stamp design features the face of a woman in profile with her eyes closed. Her contemplative demeanor signifies the ways in which observers of Kwanzaa reflect on the seven founding principles, the Nguzo Saba, and their role in everyday life.

A candleholder (kinara) with seven lit candles (mishumaa saba) sits in front of her. Cool tones evoke a sense of inner peace, and vibrant design elements give the artwork a celebratory feel.

Antonio Alcalá, a USPS art director, designed the stamp with original artwork by Andrea Pippins.

The stamp will be available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and

Kwanzaa will be one of several holiday stamp releases this year, along with Holiday Delights, Hanukkah, Winter Scenes and Our Lady of Guápulo.

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