World Postal Day is celebrated every year on October 9, to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) across the world. UPA was established in the year 1874 in Switzerland. The purpose of World Post Day is to bring awareness to the post’s role in the everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development. Postal systems have been in operation for many centuries. From personal letters and important documents to e-commerce and online shopping packages, postal services deal with everything. Due to digitalization, people have shifted to the digital medium to parcel their belongings, but postal services still hold an important position in society.
World Postal Day 2021: History and Significance
World Post Day was first celebrated in 1969 at the UPU Congress in Tokyo, Japan. It was submitted by an Indian delegation named, Shri Anand Mohan Narula and since then, World Post Day has been celebrated all over the world in order to spotlight the importance of postal services.
Every year, the UPU’s 192 member countries celebrate World Post Day to mark the importance of universal mail and the UPU’s contributions to society and the global economy. Countries hold special stamp exhibitions and launch new postal initiatives. India hosts a week-long celebration each year over the week of October 9. As a testament to bringing people together, the UPU hosts an International Letter Writing competition for children up to age 15. Winners are selected from each country and the world champion is selected by a UPU panel. Not only does the program promote literacy, but it keeps the excitement of waiting for the mail alive and well.
How Does World Postal Day 2021 Celebrate
Whether it’s a gift purchased online, a letter, or a postcard, sending mail is a great way to celebrate this day. Read up about what the Universal Postal Union is all about and share the information with your friends.
If you have a local mailman who delivers mail to your house, thank them for their services. Talk about which mailing service you trust the most, talk to people about what people in the postal services do for a living, and share this information with everyone you know.
World Postal Day 2021 Theme
The Theme for 2021 World Postal Day is “Innovate to recover.”
We all owe a debt of gratitude to a small band of individuals whose creativity and innovation are helping the world to escape the clutches of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the start of this crisis, there were concerns that a vaccine to combat the virus would take many years to develop. Instead, the unprecedented collaboration of individuals, companies, and organizations produced vaccines within a year. Along with nurses and doctors, who risked their lives daily, the scientists and researchers who developed the COVID-19 vaccine are global heroes.
Their triumph in achieving this medical breakthrough has led to fresh hope of preventing infections, and thus containing the spread of the virus: It will lead hopefully to a better future.
The story of how this innovation promoted life-changing solutions is one that global business in general, and the international postal sector in particular, can emulate.
COVID-19 not only halted much of the international postal sector for significant periods, it also undermined business strategies and plans. Against this background, the sector was forced to become creative and develop new ideas and methods to serve customers. New social and economic postal services have sprung up, creative ways of delivering mail have emerged, and e-commerce has prospered in many parts of the world. In many countries and territories, Posts are also involved in the last-mile delivery of the vaccine using complex cold storage methods, offering platforms for booking vaccinations, and even providing space for vaccination centers. These activities are undeniable proof of just how inseparable the Post is from the society and customers it serves. This agile approach to service and business also offers hope for the future of the postal sector. All too often, we have allowed pessimism to cloud our vision for the postal future, and yet time and again, Posts have proven their capacity to rise to any occasion and continue to offer services with remarkable levels of resilience. When COVID-19 affected all the countries of the world, including the established supply chain infrastructure, the Post still found a way to continue offering services to communities.
It is this innovativeness of Posts, and their resilience in serving communities, that we are celebrating on the occasion of World Post Day. Together, let us learn the lessons arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and understand that innovation is not an accessory; it is the driving force behind recovery, and what makes this sector crucial to billions of people.
National Postal Day In India
National Post Day is celebrated on October 10 every year and it is an extension of World Post Day, which is celebrated on October 9. National Post Day is celebrated to mark the role played by the Indian postal department in over 150 years.
World Postal Day 2021 Facts
- It processes 5,000 letters a second
The U.S Postal Service processes more than 5,000 pieces of mail every second.
- It receives no help from Uncle Sam
The USPS receives no tax dollars for operating expenses.
- It has ancient English origins
The word “mail” comes from a Medieval English word referring to a traveler’s bag or pack.
- It used to walk like an Egyptian
The earliest documented evidence of a courier system is from Egypt (around 2400 BC).
- It started ZIP codes
ZIP stands for Zone Improvement Plan, begun in 1963 by the USPS.
Why We Love World Postal Day
- It reminds us to stay in touch
John Lennon once sang that “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” And in the hustle-and-bustle world, it’s good to take the time to reach out to those we love. The postal service lets us do that — quickly, efficiently, and for a good price, too!
- Postal workers deserve recognition
Although the U.S. Postal Service has no official motto, it is often associated with a quote from the Ancient Greek historian Herodotus: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The quote is a fitting tribute to postal workers the world over who are tasked with delivering our most precious correspondence.
- There’s nothing like getting a letter or a postcard
Sure, most of us communicate via the internet these days. But there’s just something extra special about opening the mailbox to find a handwritten note from someone far away.