World Books Day

World Book Day is the biggest celebration ever to take place of reading.

In Sweden, the day is known as Varldsbokdagen (world book day).

World Book Day is celebrated as a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. The main focus of celebrating World Book Day is to encourage children and youngsters to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

The success of the World Book and Copyright Day totally depends on the support of authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media who have been mobilized in each country by UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO Clubs, Centre's and Associations, Associated Schools and Libraries, and by all those who feel motivated to work together in this world celebration of books and authors.

History of World Book Day

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO. It is a worldwide celebration of books and reading which is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the globe. The Day was first celebrated in 1995 but in United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, World Book Day is held annually on the first Thursday in March but outside the UK and Republic of Ireland it is celebrated on 23 April. In UK and Republic of Ireland it was decided to celebrate on first March of Thursday so as to avoid the clashes established due to 23 April with Easter school holidays, as well as the fact that it is also the National Saint's Day of England, St George's Day.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honor the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on 23rd April. In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because of anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, and the death of Miguel de Cervantes.

Specialty of World Book Day

23rd April is a figurative date for world creative writing. World Book and Copyright Day is an event to pay a universal mark of respect to books and authors and to persuading people to find out the enjoyment of reading. It is expected that this will show the way to the transformed respect for those who have made unique contributions to social and educational advancements. In the year 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is the date of birth or death of other famous authors for example Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mej'a Vallejo. It was a usual selection by UNESCO's General Conference to give a world-wide honor to books and authors on this date, cheering everyone, specifically young people, to find out the happiness of reading and achieve a transformed admiration for the unique contributions of those who have furthered the communal and cultural development of humankind. By commemorating this Day all through the world, UNESCO aims to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property by the means of copyright.

How World Book Day Is Celebrated
  • Book Vouchers are distributed among students, youngsters etc.
  • Free books distribution for kids.
  • A prize distribution takes place for novels, collections of short stories or picture books that encourage broadmindedness, harmony, mutual understanding and high opinion for other peoples and cultures.
  • People have started coming together including young readers in a happy celebration of reading.
  • People have started writing blogs, in newspapers, on TV and in schools, libraries and, of course, bookshops.

Books and Translation

World's Popular Days
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2Army Day15  January
3World Wetland Day2  February
4International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Multilation6  February
5Valentines Day14  February
6National Science Day 28  February
7National Defence Day 3  March
8National Security Day4  March
9International Women's Day8  March
10CISF Raising Day10  March
11World Consumer Day15  March
12World Forestry Day21  March
13World Water Day22  March
14World Meteorological Day23  March
15Fire Extinguishing Day14  April
16World Heritage Day18  April
17World Earth Day22  April
18World Books Day23  April
19International Labour Day1  May
20National Technology Day11  May
21Mother Day13  May
22World Telecommunication Day17  May
23International Museum Day18  May
24World Environment Day5  June
25United Nations World Refugee Day20  June
26International Youth Day 12  August
27World Humanitarian Day19  August
28Sports Day29  August
29International Literacy Day8  September
30World Suicide Prevention Day10  September
31International Day of Democracy15  September
32International Day of Peace21  September
33World Tourism Day27  September
34International Sr.Citizen Day1  October
35World Animal Day4  October
36World Wildlife Day6  October
37Indian Air force Day8  October
38Global Handwashing Day15  October
39World Food Day16  October
40International Poverty Eradication Day17  October
41United Nations Day24  October
42World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims18  November
43International Women Safety Day 25  November
44Navy Day4  December
45International Anti Corruption Day9  December
46Human Rights Day10  December
47UNICEF Day11  December
48National Energy Conservation Day 14  December
49Farmers Day23  December
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