Did you know? More than 150 countries celebrate World Post Day!

World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9th October, the anniversary of the establishment of UPU (Universal Postal Union). The UPU was founded in Switzerland in 1874.  The purpose of World Post Day is to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in our every day lives. It is also to make us aware of its importance and contribution to the social and economic development of countries. Member countries undertake many activities to create awareness of their Post’s role on a national scale.

In some countries it is even observed as a working holiday. Postal products and services are introduced or promoted on this day, and employees of the Postal service may also be rewarded. Sometimes, new stamps may be issued and conferences, exhibitions and workshops take place to raise awareness and celebrate the service.

As well as this, there is the International Letter Writing Competition, which has been taking place for the past 40 years! It is organised by the UPU in association with UNESCO. Each year, young people aged up to 15 must submit letters on a specific theme. In 2011, the theme coincided with the International Year of Forests,

“Imagine you are a tree living in a forest. Write a letter to someone to explain why it is important to protect forests.”

Entries came from young people all over the world, with this years winning letters coming from Barbados and China!

World Post Day is an exciting day for all, celebrating the achievements of the Postal service around the world.


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