World Postal Day 2021: History and Significance

From sending handwritten letters to gifts, there is no doubt that the postal systems have been very helpful and at the same time have made our life much more easier.

Therefore, in order to appreciate the presence of postal system in our lives, every year on October 9, the world celebrates World Postal Day.

Interestingly, the first World postal Day was celebrated in the year 1969, which marks the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). It must be noted that the UPU showcased the global invention of writing letters to people across the globe. And, even today it is evident how sending handwritten letters through post is a wonderful thing!

Technically, the invention of postal services started way back in the 1500s when people used to write letters which were often delivered on foot or on horsebacks by messengers. And, in 1600s, postal systems started establishing in many countries. Finally, the exchange of letters started happening globally, and it was in the late 1800s that a global postal system evolved with the establishment of the UPU in the year 1874.

Also, the UPU was also made an agency of the United Nations (UN) in the year 1948. During the 1969 UPU Congress in Tokyo, Japan, it was decided that October 9 would be observed as World Postal Day. The proposal was happily accepted by the member of the Indian delegation, Mr. Anand Narula. It is since then that India, too, celebrates World Postal Day every year on October 9.

As every year, there’s a theme, this year, too, the theme is ‘Innovate To Recover’. Seeing the rotten condition of today’s postal system, this theme is apt as this theme paves the way for innovation to come and save one of the most precious systems of the world.

At the same time, if we are talking about postal services, then we must not forget to acknowledge and appreciate the tireless service that the postal department and its people provide us.

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