Wednesday, December 21, 2011

‘Tis the Season of Holidays and Mail

Tags:  holidays, international destinations, international mail, U.S. Postal Service, Ramadan, Chinese New Year

My email box has been full of holiday greetings and so has my mail box.  In the United States a majority of the residents are Christian.  Most of those celebrate Christmas on December 25th, with some celebrating on January 7th.  January 1st  is New Year’s Day for much of the world’s population and the most celebrated holiday worldwide.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been working overtime delivering all the holiday letters and packages.  The people who move the mail do a great job, working more hours when many people are taking extra time off to celebrate or shop.  To all those people:

Thank you and may you all have a very Happy New Year.

Since this blog focuses on international issues, remember when you mail that holiday seasons differ around the world.  In 2012, Chinese New Year, under various names, is on January 23 with festivals lasting up to 15 days.  The week of Spring festivals in Japan will be from April 29 – May 5.  Ramadan will begin on July 19 and end with Eid al-Fitr in 2012 is on Sunday, August 19.  Eid al-Adha will be October 26.  There are many more, so check before planning a mailing.

The balance between email and post has changed.  More holiday messages now arrive by email than ever before.  FedEx and UPS trucks are stopping somewhere on my street daily delivering online purchases or gifts from family or friends.  In a microcosm, this highlights the problems faced by the U.S. Postal Service and other postal providers around the world.  There are fewer letters send by post as email use increases and many parcels are sent by express carriers.