World Post Day is observed on 9 October to give awareness about contribution of postal service in people lives and social and economic development of the countries.
Observed on: 9 October
Organized by: UN, UPU, UNESCO
Introduced in: 1969 (Universal Postal Congress)
About World Post Day
Every year October 9 is observed as World Post Day. The date is the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne. UPU work extensively around the world to raise awareness about this day and for the celebration.
The day aims at giving awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s lives and its contribution to social and economic development of countries.
Activities and Programs on World Post Day
On this day many programs and activities are conducted with the aim to spread the awareness about postal activities and its contribution. Many countries observe this day by introducing new products and services. Some countries issue special post stamp to mark this observation.
Many events like exhibitions, cultural and sports events, conferences and seminars, display of postal day posters etc. are conducted on this day. Stamp exhibitions are also done at different places to mark this day. Some posts mark their celebration by giving awards to their employees for their service. UPU in cooperation with UNESCO organizes international letter writing competition for young people.
Theme for World Post Day
World Postal Day 2018 Theme was “Imagine you are a letter travelling through time. What message do you wish to convey to your readers?”
2017 Theme: Imagine you are an advisor to the new UN Secretary-General; which world issue would you help him tackle first and how would you advise him to solve it?
2016 Theme: Innovation, integration and inclusion
2015 Theme: Tell us about the world you want to grow up in
2014 Theme: Posts claim their place in the changing communication landscape and Write a letter describing how music can touch lives
2013 Theme: The Post Delivering for People and Businesses Daily
2012 Theme: Write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympic Games mean to you
2011 Theme: The Post, an invaluable public service