World Book and Copyright Day
The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) celebrates the World Book and Copyright Day on the 23rd of April, but why choose this day and when did this tradition start ?
This specific date is no coincidence, it was first celebrated in 1923 by booksellers in Catalonia as a way to honour Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra who died on this date, later in 1995 UNESCO decided to continue this celebration as it also commemorated the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega as well as the birth and death of various other important authors.
In Spain this day is celebrated with a wide range of activities specially in the schools and most of the activities have Miguel de Cervantes work as a main part of the celebration, specially his masterpiece Don Quixote.
In the UK this event is also widely celebrated in schools where a various range of reading activities are organised and also World Book Night is organised by the charity The Reading Agency.
All in all, the main objective of celebrating this day is to promote reading among people, but specially among our younger generation.
The CET Services Team