World Post Day
October 9th marks the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland. The first official World Post Day was established by the UPU Congress in Tokyo in 1969 and has since grown to be a global event. The day aims to celebrate and honour the vital role that the postal service has played in human history and how it continues to play an important role in communication, business and personal affairs. The UPU celebrates annually by hosting the International Letter Writing Competition and in some countries, it is classed as a public holiday. The theme for 2022 is “Innovate To Recover” as an acknowledgement of the efforts that postal workers made during the pandemic. The first ever handwritten letter is thought to have been produced around 500 BC by Atossa, the Persian Queen. However, it wasn’t until 1635 that Charles I established the UK public postal service, which saw letters distributed throughout the country by men on foot and horseback. Until that point, a rudimentary postal service was only reserved for royalty. In 1784 mail began being delivered by coach (first tested on a route between Bristol and London) which sped up the process of mail significantly and saw the beginnings of mail delivery as we know it today!
Learn more about the postal service and letter writing with these activities!