2020 First-Class Forever Stamp,Hanukkah

# 5530 - 2020 First-Class Forever Stamp - Hanukkah

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US #5530
2020 Hanukkah – Holiday Celebration Series

• Continues the tradition of issuing Hanukkah stamps

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Series:  Holiday Celebration
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  October 6, 2020
First Day City: New Rochelle, New York
Quantity Issued:  15,000,000
Printed by:  Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method:  Offset, Microprint
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate the important Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

About the stamp design:  Pictures a menorah with all eight candles lit and two children replacing the shamash (helper candle used to light the others in the menorah). Original artwork by Jing Jing Tsong.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The First Day of Issue Cancellation was from New Rochelle, New York,

About the Holiday Celebration Series:  The USPS introduced the Holiday Celebration series in 1996 with a stamp honoring the Jewish festival, Hanukkah. The series commemorated a different cultural or religious holiday each year such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid, and others.

History the stamp represents:  Traditions are the backbone of any holiday, and Hanukkah is no exception. But there is more than just lighting the menorah and exchanging gifts. One of the most important Hanukkah traditions is the cooking of special food to be eaten throughout the eight-day celebration.

Latkes, or “potato pancakes,” are an essential piece of any Hanukkah feast. They have been around since at least the Middle Ages, though at that time they were most likely made of cheese that had been fried. However, when potatoes arrived in Europe in the 19th century, they became the primary ingredient.

Modern latkes are made in one of two ways: with mashed potatoes or with grated potatoes. Depending on which method is used, the taste can be quite different. Grated potatoes are more traditional and lead to a crunchier latke. They are made by grating potato and onion together and squeezing out all the excess water with a towel. After this, eggs and flour or matzo meal are mixed in. From there, the latkes are shaped into small pancakes and fried in oil. They are usually served with applesauce or sour cream.

Latkes are a delicious Hanukkah treat beloved by all ages. The oil they are cooked in represents the sacred oil in the historic Hanukkah narrative. This makes them one of the most important traditions of the holiday.

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US #5530
2020 Hanukkah – Holiday Celebration Series

• Continues the tradition of issuing Hanukkah stamps

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Series:  Holiday Celebration
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  October 6, 2020
First Day City: New Rochelle, New York
Quantity Issued:  15,000,000
Printed by:  Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method:  Offset, Microprint
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate the important Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

About the stamp design:  Pictures a menorah with all eight candles lit and two children replacing the shamash (helper candle used to light the others in the menorah). Original artwork by Jing Jing Tsong.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The First Day of Issue Cancellation was from New Rochelle, New York,

About the Holiday Celebration Series:  The USPS introduced the Holiday Celebration series in 1996 with a stamp honoring the Jewish festival, Hanukkah. The series commemorated a different cultural or religious holiday each year such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid, and others.

History the stamp represents:  Traditions are the backbone of any holiday, and Hanukkah is no exception. But there is more than just lighting the menorah and exchanging gifts. One of the most important Hanukkah traditions is the cooking of special food to be eaten throughout the eight-day celebration.

Latkes, or “potato pancakes,” are an essential piece of any Hanukkah feast. They have been around since at least the Middle Ages, though at that time they were most likely made of cheese that had been fried. However, when potatoes arrived in Europe in the 19th century, they became the primary ingredient.

Modern latkes are made in one of two ways: with mashed potatoes or with grated potatoes. Depending on which method is used, the taste can be quite different. Grated potatoes are more traditional and lead to a crunchier latke. They are made by grating potato and onion together and squeezing out all the excess water with a towel. After this, eggs and flour or matzo meal are mixed in. From there, the latkes are shaped into small pancakes and fried in oil. They are usually served with applesauce or sour cream.

Latkes are a delicious Hanukkah treat beloved by all ages. The oil they are cooked in represents the sacred oil in the historic Hanukkah narrative. This makes them one of the most important traditions of the holiday.