New Canada Post stamp celebrates Eid holidays

Canada Post unveiled a new stamp on March 28th, commemorating two significant Islamic holidays: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The stamp showcases maamoul, Middle Eastern cookies, alongside a traditional carved wooden mould used in their preparation.

Stamp commemorates Islamic festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (Canada Post)

Maamoul, renowned for their melt-in-your-mouth texture and delectable walnut, pistachio, or date fillings, are a cherished delicacy during Eid festivities. Crafted from semolina and infused with aromatic rose or orange-blossom water, these cookies also feature mahlab, a spice derived from ground cherry pits. Before baking, the dough is formed into balls, filled with nuts or dates, and shaped using intricately carved wooden moulds.

The origins of maamoul trace back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, underscoring their enduring cultural significance. Today, families and friends often come together before Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to bake these traditional treats collectively. Beyond Eid celebrations, maamoul are prepared across much of the Middle East to mark various occasions, including Easter and Purim.

With Eid al-Fitr commencing in April this year, following the conclusion of Ramadan, Canada Post timed the stamp’s release to allow for sending greetings ahead of the festival. Eid al-Adha, known as the Festival of Sacrifice, signifies the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Islam’s holiest city. In 2024, Eid al-Adha falls in June.

In Canada, where over one million Muslims observe these holidays, Eid festivities extend over several days, encompassing communal prayers, festive meals, familial gatherings, gift-giving, and charitable acts. The Eid stamp joins a collection of stamps issued annually by Canada Post, celebrating diverse cultural observances significant to the nation’s multicultural fabric, including Diwali, Hanukkah, and Christmas.