Red-letter day for Posts

World Post Day is celebrated on 9 October and marks the founding of the Universal Postal Union in 1874.

Every year, more than 150 countries mark the day in a variety of ways.

Many Posts use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services. Open days are held as are flag-raising ceremonies. Some Posts also use World Post Day to reward their employees for good service.

For countries participating in the UPU International Letter-writing Competition for children, national winners are often honoured on 9 October.


Official poster 2013-2015

Featuring two well-known symbols of the Post and communication, the new poster shows the traditional letter transforming itself into a carrier pigeon taking flight. The bird's digitized lines and shape convey the message that the Post and postal communication are evolving and modernizing, increasingly using electronic features. Through this combination of traditional symbols and modern lines, the poster evokes the fundamental values of the postal service.