Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu to be elected to the U.S. Congress.
Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Hindu’s are the only major religion in the U.S. that have never received the honor of a postage stamp from the United States Postal Service. Though efforts have been fruitless to change the fact in the past, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), the first Hindu to be elected to the U.S. Congress, has launched a new signature campaign to ask the country’s postal service to issue a stamp for recognising Diwali as a special day.

“After decades of progress towards creating a postage stamp that recognises the festival of lights, finally, we’re almost there,” Gabbard said. “This is the final stretch,” she added, asking Hindu-Americans to sign her petition in support of the initiative.

“Every year when we get together and we celebrate Diwali, the beautiful festival of lights, we’re celebrating the triumph of good over evil, of right over wrong. Now, a lot of people having been working hard to try to get a Diwali stamp here in the United States, but we need your help.

“Please join me in signing this petition so that we can increase the volume of all of our voices all across the country in urging the United States Postal Service to create a Diwali stamp to recognise this special day and to further increase and enrich our nation’s tapestry of religious and cultural diversity.”

Multiple organizations have for years endorsed the efforts and proposals of Indiaspora, a nonprofit organization, to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee the issuance of a stamp recognizing Diwali.