Día del Cartero

DiaCarteroDía del Cartero

November 12

Mexico acknowledges the pre-hispanic message carriers of the Aztec people. Strong fast message carriers ran every 10 kilometers in a relay system to get messages through for nobles and kings.

Horses were added to the system with the arrival of the Spanish. Message offices were established first in the Yucatan in 1579 and then in Puebla, Veracruz, Guerrero and Guanajuato.

Mailboxes were later established by Maximilian .  Porfirio Diaz in 1910 built the post office or Postal Palace and expedited mail delivery through the railroad.

President Pascual Ortiz Rubio in 1931 established Día del Cartero In recognition of the message carriers’ service to the republic during the revolution.

It is currently customary in Mexico to give a gift or tip the postman on this day.

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