World Post Day
World Post Day is an annual celebration held on October 9th of every year. Before the invention of modern-day communication tools, people had highly depended on Postal means. World Post Day commemorates the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union. The celebration of the post day is to bring awareness about the Post’s role in the everyday lives of people.
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History of World Post Day
The history of World Post Day date back to 1969. It was established by the Universal Postal Union Congress in Tokyo, Japan. Shri Anand Mohan Narula who was a member of the Indian delegation submitted the proposal. The celebration of the day commemorates the date of establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in Bern, Switzerland in the year 1874. It has been celebrated worldwide to highlight the significance of the postal services. The observance of the day brings awareness about the role and contribution of Postal service in the day to day lives of people, business, social and economic development. The global communications revolution was started by the UPU that allowed people to write to others globally.
Post organizations worldwide use this event to promote new services and raise awareness about the postal system. The postal services have improved much in the 1600s and 1700s century. Many countries have developed national postage systems to begin the postal services between the countries. They have entered into mutual agreements for the exchange of post between the countries. Montgomery Blair, Postmaster General of the United States of America, organized a conference in 1863. It has 15 European and American countries representatives. The delegation had laid many general principles for mutual agreements on international postal services. It did not create an international postal agreement.
Heinrich von Stephan, a senior postal official in the North German Confederation, opened a conference in Berne, Switzerland on September 15, 1874, with delegates from 22 countries. The Treaty of Berne was signed by the representatives on October 9, 1874, and established the General Postal Union. The General Postal Union members multiplied, and the union’s name was renamed to the Universal Postal Union in the year 1878. The Universal Postal Union had become a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1948. From October 1 to November 16, 1969, the 16th Universal Postal Union Congress was held in Tokyo, Japan. The delegates during this conference voted to declare October 9 each year as the World Post Day.
Other Celebrations on October 9
October 9 is also celebrated as
- National Face Your Fears Day
- Ada Lovelace Day
- National Moldy Cheese Day
- Fire Prevention Day
- Curious Events Day
- Beer and Pizza Day
How to Celebrate World Post Day
Celebrating the World Post Day is very simple. Listen to the speech of high ranking officials about the history or achievements of the national or international postal services. Spend some time with the philatelists to more about the postal day celebrations. Bring particular attention to the children and adult about the postal services. Participate in the international letter-writing competition by the Universal Postal Union in collaboration with UNESCO. Special prizes will be awarded to the winners of the contest. Post and share your celebrations on the social media using the hashtag #WorldPostDay.