The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'í of Trinidad & Tobago have kindly provided the following background information on the Baha'i stamp issued by Trinidad and Tobago.
Postage stamp issued
In 1991, the government of
Trinidad and Tobago decided to issue stamps honouring the Inter-Religious
Organization (IRO) in this country. The IRO was established in 1970 and
has been the most respected and powerful non-governmental organisation in
Trinidad and Tobago. Its aim and objectives revolve around the unity of
religions in the country under the motto of “the Fatherhood of God and the
universal brotherhood of man.” There are basically four major religions
in Trinidad and Tobago
namely, the Christianity, Hinduism Islam and the Bahá'í Faith. There is
also a local Baptists religion which is considered unique even though it
is a Christian sect. The Postal services consulted with the IRO president
at that time (who was a Bahá'í) and decided to issue 5 stamps one for each
of the above religions. The design of these stamps were submitted by all
the relevant religions. The design of the Bahá'í stamp was done by a
Bahá'í and was approved by the National Spiritual Assembly. The issuing
agency decided to add the words “Baha’u’llah, the Glory of God” on it.
This enhanced the beauty of the stamp and became very relevant for the
year and the date which the stamp was issued. There was a plan to have
these stamps issued in time for Christmas. However, God’s plan was
different and there was a delay in the publication of the stamps. After
further consultation the IRO President suggested a new date, a day right
after Easter weekend, April 21, 1992, which happened to be the first day
of the Holy Year. God works in mysterious ways!
|Approved by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'í of Trinidad & Tobago|
Contributed by Dr. Hamid Farabi on April 16, 2003
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