World Postal Day
World Post day happens each year on October 9, commemorating the date for the establishment of Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland. The UPU was the start of global communications revolution, allowing people could write to others all over the world. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services. The union aimed to create and maintain a structure for the free flow of international mail around the world.
October 9th was first declared World Post Day at the 1969 UPU Congress in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, World Post Day has been celebrated all over the world to highlight the importance of the postal services.
In many international organizations and countries, high ranking officials or ministers make speeches or issue proclamations on the history or achievements of national or international postal services. Postal services may issue special postage stamps to commemorate the ideals, history or achievements of the national postal service on or around World Post Day. These are prized by stamp collectors and philatelists (people who study stamps). In addition, special lessons on these topics may be arranged for school children and the postal services and their employees may receive extra training or recognition and attention in the media.
Approximately 150 countries take part in celebrating the World Post Day every year. Some of the countries promote their new postal services or products at this special day and reward their employees for good services. Most of the countries organize philatelic exhibitions and issue new stamps. Displaying posters on World Post Day in post offices as well as public places, conferences, seminars and workshops including cultural, sport, recreational activities are other activities. Speech is given by the high rank officers at this day about the history and achievements of the postal services.
The Universal Postal Union in cooperation with UNESCO has, for the past 35 years, organized an international letter-writing competition for young people. Many participating postal services use World Post Day to award prizes to the winners of the competition.
Purpose of celebrating World Post Day
- The World Post Day aims increase the awareness of people about the postal sector role for people and businesses every day.
- It is celebrate to let the people about its contribution towards the social and economic development of the countries.
- It is celebrated to encourage the countries to carry out various activities to generate the big awareness among people and media about its role and activities on a national level.
Themes of World Post Day
- Theme for 2015 is “Tell us about the world you want to grow up in”.
- Theme for 2014 was “Posts claim their place in the changing communication landscape” and “Write a letter describing how music can touch lives”.
- Theme for 2013 was “The Post Delivering for People and Businesses Daily”.
- Theme for 2012 was “Write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympic Games mean to you”.
- Theme for 2011 was “The Post, an invaluable public service”.