Today is World Post Day! The holiday is celebrated worldwide and meant to honor the founding of the Universal Postal Union which had its start in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland! This day, October 9, was declared an official holiday in 1969 at the Universal Postal Union Congress in Tokyo, Japan.
The holiday is meant to do more than merely celebrate the beginnings of the worldwide postal system; it is a day to raise awareness of the fading industry. While more and more people use electronic means of correspondence, it is nice to take a day to remember another way of doing things! This day is meant to also remind us what our great postal workers do and all the hard work they put into delivering our mail.
Around the world, this day is met with celebrations including festivals, issuing new products or services, activities to engage the community, exhibitions, conferences, seminars, and more! In many countries, postal workers are honored on this day with rewards.
Did your country have a celebration for World Post Day? Let me know in the comments!