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US: Stamp with Arabic inscription

Ed Jajko comments on the US postage stamp with the beautiful Arabic calligraphy: "'Eid,' in the common English romanization, or in LC romanization, 'id,' long ee sound, means feast or festival. I'm not sure which of the two big eid's was being commemorated, whether 'id al-fitr, the festival of breaking the fast after Ramadan, or 'id al-adha, the feast of sacrifice, the conclusion of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The wording on the stamp, which can be seen by digging into the USPS web site,
www., is 'id mubarak, "blessed feast." It is Arabic, probably understandable by Persian-speakers but not by Turks and not necessarily by other Muslims. The stamp was a nice try at being pc but not all that successful".

RH: It would be ironical if the "eid" referred to was the conclusion of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the scene of vehement anti-American protests. Was the US administration saying "Thank god that's over"?

Ronald Hilton - 2/22/03