World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the Book, is celebrated on April 23rd around the world. UNESCO established the event, which is currently observed in over 100 countries, with the goal of promoting the value of reading, a lifetime love of literature, and integration into the workplace, as well as instilling delight and fostering the growth of readers and emphasising the enjoyment of reading.
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History of World Book and Copyright Day
The Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andres came up with the idea for World Book Day in order to honour the famous author Miguel de Cervantes (known for Don Quixote), whose birthday is April 23rd. Following that, in the year of 1995, at the General Conference in Paris, the decision was made to designate April 23rd as World Book and Copyright Day. The reason for this is the historical significance of April 23rd, which marks the birth and death of various notable authors from throughout the world.
On April 23rd, for example, William Shakespeare, Cervantes, Josep Pla, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died, and Manuel Mejia Vallejo, Shakespeare, Haldor K Laxness, and Maurice Druon were born. There is a historical comment that must be made regarding the death dates of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Despite the fact that they deceased on the same day, it was not the same day. The disparity originates from the fact that Spain used the Gregorian calendar at the time, while England used the Julian calendar.
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The importance of books cannot be overstated. This UNESCO step was taken to ensure that the spirit of reading continues to flourish and spread joy. The goal is to preserve a fresh regard for books’ indispensable contributions to our lives while also acknowledging the incalculable achievements of key writers and publishers who have assisted humanity’s social and cultural growth.
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