Posted On November 07, 2022

    A fresh take on an age-old tradition, this new Hanukkah stamp conveys the joyful spirit of the Jewish Festival of Lights through a fun, flamboyant interpretation of the flames on a hanukkiyah (a special eight-branched menorah). This year, the celebration takes place from nightfall December 18 to nightfall December 26.

    The kindling of a hanukkiyah is central to the observation of Hanukkah, paying homage to a miracle that took place more than 2,000 years ago. After the Maccabees led the Jews to victory over their oppressors, it is said that the menorah in the rededicated Temple in Jerusalem burned for eight days on a single day’s worth of oil.

    Designer Andrew Lewis says his goal in creating the design was to put a new spin on a classical image. The stylized flames, he explains, create a graphic and emotional energy that reflects the joy and excitement of the holiday. “The different colours of the flames represent the various ways people celebrate Hanukkah today – through prayer, singing, feasting, playing with dreidels, sharing gifts,” he says. “The blue background and the white flame of the central shamash (helper candle) ground the design, as those colours hold special importance in Judaism.”

    Booklet of 6 stamps
    • Product #: 414214111
    • Layout: Booklet of 6 stamps
    • Price: $5.52
    • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
    • Design: Andrew Lewis Design
    • Dimensions: 49 mm x 25 mm
    • Printer: Lowe-Martin
    • Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
    • Quantity: 120,000
    Official First Day Cover
    • Product #: 414214131
    • Layout: Official First Day Cover
    • Price: $1.92
    • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
    • Design: Andrew Lewis Design
    • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
    • Printer: Lowe-Martin
    • Quantity: 4,500
    • OFDC Cancellation Location: Montréal QC