Happy World Post Day

snapshotWdpColourEn_04Every October 9th is celebrated internationally as World Post Day which is the anniversary of the founding of the Universal Postal Union in Bern, Switzerland, back in 1874.

It’s purpose is “to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries.”

Every year, more than 150 countries celebrate World Post Day in a variety of ways. In certain countries, World Post Day is observed as a working holiday. Many postal administrations use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services. Some also use the day to reward their employees for good service.

In many countries, philatelic exhibitions are organized and new stamps and date cancellation marks are issued. Other activities include the display of World Post Day posters in post offices and other public places, open days at post offices, mail centers and postal museums, the holding of conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as cultural, sport and other recreational activities. Many postal administrations issue special souvenirs such as T-shirts and badges.

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The theme for the 2013 celebration is “The Post, delivering for people and businesses daily.”

I actually have a few activities of my own planned, including issuing my own stamps.  Stay tuned…


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