The Postal Service issued a 34-cent Eid commemorative stamp in Des Plaines, Illinois, on September 1, 2001. The stamp, designed/calligraphed by Mohamed Zakariya of Arlington, Virginia, went on sale nationwide September 1, 2001.
The Eid stamp commemorates the two most important festivals in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The "Eid mubarak" phrase, featured in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp, can be paraphrased, "May your religious holiday be blessed." In 2001 Eid al-Adha was celebrated on March 6, and Eid al-Fitr was on December 16. The first of the Muslim lunar month of Shawwal, Eid al-Fitr signifies, "The Feast of Breaking the Fast" and marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Eid al-Fitr is observed by offering special alms with prayers, feasting, exchanging gifts, and visiting family and friends. Eid al-Adha comes at the end of the annual period of pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. The Eid stamp joins the Holiday Celebrations Series.
The stamps were produced in panes of twenty. Avery Dennison printed 75 million stamps in the gravure process.
Postal Bulletin (July 26, 2001).