Series of USPS stamps depicting Sugar Skulls for Dia de los Muertos
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El Paso chosen to host National Unveiling Ceremony for Dia de los Muertos Stamps

The US Postal Service is launching a series of Dia de los Muertos Stamps and have chosen to do the national unveiling ceremony at the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA). 

 “We did not compete for this–we were chosen by the Postal Service. This in recognition of the scope, quality, authenticity and community-connection of MCAD’s annual Dia de los Muertos parade and celebration,” city officials shared.

“This is great news as we prepare to launch the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), which will be the natural lead in Dia de los Muertos events moving forward.”

In recent decades, Día de los Muertos, as it is known in Spanish, has caught on in the United States as a festive celebration for all ages. These new stamps from the U.S. Postal Service showcase the Day of the Dead holiday, in all its flower-bedecked splendor.

This pane of 20 Forever stamps contains five identical rows of four colorful stamps featuring several iconic elements of a traditional Day of the Dead offering.

Stylized, decorated “sugar skulls” are personalized as family members — a child with a hair bow, a father sporting a hat and mustache, a mother with curled hair, and another child. The vibrant colors of marigold flowers and other embellishments, along with the white of the sugar skulls, stand out brightly from the stamps’ black background.

Luis Fitch is the designer and illustrator, and Antonio Alcalá was the art director.

The first-day-of-issue event is free and open to the public. News is being shared with the hashtag #DayoftheDeadstamps.

Michael J. Elston, secretary of the USPS Board of Governors, will serve as dedicating official.

The stamps can be seen via this link, details on the ceremony are below.

WHAT: The U.S. Postal Service celebrates Day of the Dead with four colorful new stamps.
WHO: Michael J. Elston, secretary of the USPS Board of Governors, will serve as dedicating official.
WHEN: Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021, at 11 a.m. MDT




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