Every 9 October, World Post Day is observed as the anniversary of the founding of the UPU (Universal Postal Union) in 1874. The purpose is to raise public awareness concerning the role of the UPU in all of its member states.
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The UPU is a United Nations agency that promotes unity not only in postal delivery processes and issues but also in international social and cultural relations.
Many member states of the UPU hold their own special events for World Post Day on 9 October. Things done to mark the day may include: introducing improved postal products or services, allowing free public access at post offices or post museums so people can learn about how postal systems “really work”, and participating in the official UPU letter writing contest, which begins earlier but is judged on World Post Day.
The Universal Postal Union also conducts a World Post Day poster campaign and has its director give an annual speech to commemorate the day.