World Post Day 2014
October 9th is World Post Day!
This event is celebrated every year since 1969, on the anniversary of the founding of the UPU (Universal Postal Union), and commemorates all the hard work and social contributions of the postal services worldwide.
So across the world, post offices celebrate this special day in many different ways. This includes special philatelic exhibitions, free entrance in postal and communications museums, introducing new products and services, special cancellation marks, seminars, workshops and more!
These are the events we are aware of in 2014:
- Czech Republic
Česká Pošta will have a special cancellation mark with the UPU logo. It will be available from 9-17th October, on Prague's main post office.
The Finnish Post is celebrating its national Stamp Day, by offering unique postage stamps with local attractions in 60 of their Post offices (these can also be ordered online). Special cancellation marks will also be available on this day.
Deutsche Post has a special cancellation stamp to mark the occasion.
The Museum für Kommunikation in Berlin will hold a conference at 5pm on the theme "Die Post geht um die Welt. 140 Jahre Weltpostverein" in cooperation with Deutsche Post.
- Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Post will issue a set of joint stamps together with Pos Malaysia, celebrating local food.
Also, the Hong kong post office will allow everyone to post one personal local letter for free on the World Post Day.
An Post is producing free international, postage-paid postcards which will be available to customers at the GPO, Dublin and in the Main Post Offices in Cork, Galway, Athlone and Letterkenny. Also, visitors can avail of free admission to the Letters, Lives & Liberty exhibition at the An Post Museum in Dublin’s GPO.
Four new stamps celebrating "International Letter Writing Week" will be issued by Japan Post. A special cancellation stamp will be available from 9-15th October, on the mail post offices throughout the country.
The Latvijas Pasts is holding its 9th Postcrossing meeting to celebrate the World Post Day 2014. Participants will have the chance to tour the mail sorting center in Riga and gain some insight into the company’s daily operations.
Ukraine Post has a special cancellation stamp for October 9th, which will be available at the main post office in Kharkiv (Kirova, 6).
The Smithsonian National Post Museum will host a meeting of the Mail Social Club, with mail workshops & passionate experts to share their skills & love of the post.