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USPS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Mexican artist collaborates with the USPS on pinata stamps.

September 21, 2023, 4:06 p.m.

It’s party ! The United States Postal Service kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with new festive piñata stamps.

The stamps come in four designs – two donkeys and two seven-pointed stars – that honor traditional Mexican holiday favorites. Piñatas continue to play an important role in many celebrations in Mexico, including the celebration of posadas, a nine-day festival held in early December that commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus Christ.

The USPS says the bright color palette was inspired by Mexican culture, “including the bright colors of small-town homes, traditional hand-sewn dresses, handmade toys and flowers, and piñatas classics themselves.

Mexican artist Víctor Meléndez created the original art and designed the stamps, while Antonio Alcalá served as art director.

“One of the reasons I am proud to work at the Postal Service is that we are one of the oldest and most admired public service institutions in the country,” said Isaac Cronkhite, director of processing and USPS Distribution and Executive Vice President, in a statement. “Part of this proud history is celebrating our multifaceted heritage through stamps. Our culture is truly global, and our stamps allow us to weave together the many threads of our national tapestry, and piñatas are the perfect example.

PHOTO: Piñata Stamps

This is the third year in a row that the USPS has released stamps to honor the Latino community. In 2021, they issued Day of the Dead stamps, and in 2022, they issued mariachi stamps inspired by movie posters from the golden age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s.

Piñata stamps are sold in booklets of 20 by USPS and can be purchased online or at any postal store nationwide.

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