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World Post Day observed globally

Oct 9, 2015 16:16 IST

9 October: World Post Day
World Post Day was observed globally on 9 October 2015 with the theme Posts claim their place in the changing communication landscape. The day marks the date of 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.

World Post Day is observed to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives as well as its contribution to the social and economic development of countries.

The celebration encourages member countries to undertake programme activities aimed at generating broader awareness of their Post’s role and activities among the public and media on a national scale.

World Post Day celebrations in India

In India, the day is celebrated as a part of the National Postal Week and it continues till 15 October. This week is observed in different forms and they are
• 11 October – Savings Bank Day
• 12 October –Mail Day
• 13 October –Philately Day
• 14 October – Postal Life Insurance Day
• 15 October – Business Development Day

About World Post Day
The day is observed annually on the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern.

Universal Postal Union Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969 declared a day to be observed as the World Post Day. Since that declaration, the day is being observed and celebrated in different countries across the world.

At the time of establishment in 1874, UPU had 22 founding member countries but at present it has 192 member countries.

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