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`Holiday Celebration' stamps commemorate Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, commemorating the popular black festival of family, community and culture, will be honored on a new 32-cent stamp being released later this month. The stamp continues the U.S. Postal Service's "Holiday Celebration" series.

Kwanzaa is a seven-day cultural celebration that takes its name from the Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits."This festival - which begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan. 1 - was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, chairman of the department of black studies at California State University in Long Beach.

The colorful Kwanzaa stamp was designed by artist Synthia Saint James.

First day of issue postmarks of the Kwanzaa stamp are available by mail. You may purchase the stamps at your local post office, affix the stamps to your envelopes, address the envelopes and then place in a large one addressed to: Kwanzaa stamp, Postmaster, 7001 S. Central Ave., Room 051, Los Angeles, CA 90052-9996.

All orders must be postmarked by Nov. 21.