October 10 -Postal Day

October 10, 1874

Though, we are living in an age of emails, mobile phones and faxes etc but it is the postal service that has remained the largest mode of communication in India. This particularly holds true for last century when people relied on snail mail to send messages, drafts, cheques and other important information. Indian postal service owes its origin to British who introduced mailing services in India. With the arrival of new age technologies and new modes of communication, the usage of traditional mailing services has reduced but it is still the primary source of communication in semi-urban and rural India.
Indian postal service is an integral part of India. Whether it’s an army man sending letters to his family from the frontiers or a farmer dispatching money to his son receiving education in a town, postal services have always helped in uniting India and its population. It is not easy to operate postal services in India with such diversity in culture, tradition and difficult geographical terrains. Yet, the Indian postal department has kept serving the nation with admirable zeal and enthusiasm. It shows a different facet of the nation that binds us and brings us close to one another.
National Postal Day is celebrated on October 10 every year. Indian postal department is serving the country for over 150 years and that’s no mean achievement. Indian postal celebration is an extension of World Post Day. Universal Postal Union (UPU) was founded in Berne in 1874. The occasion is celebrated by countries all over the world. New postal products and services are introduced on this day. Other activities like open days at post offices, mail centres and postal museums, conferences, seminars and workshops, and cultural, sport and other recreation events are also organized on National Postal Day.