(The Daily Caller) It’s a brand new year, America, and the U.S. Postal Service has just introduced its annual batch of 2016 stamps. Among the stamps is a purple-and-gold stamp celebrating the two most significant festivals in Islam: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The stamp’s gold calligraphy (by Mohamed Zakaria of Arlington, Va.) reads Eidukum mumbarak, which translates as: “May your Eid be bountiful (or blessed).”
Eid al-Adha occurs in the autumn and honors Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son on God’s command. As part of the holiday, Muslims who can afford it are expected to sacrifice their best domestic animal (cow, goat, camel, sheep, etc., depending on the region).
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and has no set date. (In 2016, Ramadan runs basically for the month of June.)
The two Muslim holidays change dates every year because they follow the lunar calendar of Islam. Islam is not the only religion featured in the 2016 stamp collection. FULL REPORT