New Delhi: ‘World Post Day’ or ‘World Post Day’ is celebrated worldwide on 9 October. Let us tell you that this day is celebrated as the foundation day of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 AD in Bern, Switzerland. This date was determined to be celebrated as World Post Day at the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969 AD. The postal system is known to be the oldest means of communication. This service has been going on in the world for a long time. Even though new means of communication are available with us at present, but for communication method, it reminds people of the time when people used to exchange letters.
When is World Post Day celebrated?
World Post Day is celebrated every year on 9 October. The date is set to commemorate the founding of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland.
Why is ‘World Post Day’ celebrated?
The purpose of celebrating World Post Day around the world is to make people aware of the postal services and the Department of Posts. So that the long-standing service can be continued.
History and Significance of World Post Day
The history of World Post Day dates back to 1840. In England, Sir Rowland Hill introduced a system in this context through which letters were introduced, on which a fee was also charged. Also, all the letters done at the domestic level were charged on the basis of distance. Also, weight was made a standard for determining the fee. He also introduced the world’s first postage stamp.
In 1863, the United States Postmaster General Montgomery Blair organized a conference in Paris in which representatives of 15 European and American countries were invited and discussed many important issues related to the postal service, following several general principles. negotiated to agree. But nothing could be established for an international postal agreement at this convention.
In Bern(1874) Heinrich von Stephan, a senior postal officer in the North German Confederation, drew up a plan for an international postal union. Based on his suggestion, the Swiss government organized an international conference in Bern on 15 September 1874 which was attended by representatives of 22 nations.
On 9 October of the same year, World Post Day was initiated by the General Postal Union. In 1878, its name was changed to Universal Postal Union. The Treaty of Bern, signed in 1874, succeeded in organizing international postal services and rules for the exchange of letters into a single postal area.