World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the Book is a yearly event celebrated on 23 April (World book day date). World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the Book is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is celebrated to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
In the United Kingdom, the World Book Day is held on the first Thursday in March. World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the was first celebrated on 23 April 1995. Various world book day activities are done on this day which result in sharing of knowledge and enhance interest of people in books. world book day activities are mostly done in schools and colleges. On this day various competitions are done among students of schools and colleges. This world book day activities/ world book day celebration give inspiration to students to read books all year around.
During world book day celebration, in villages books are distributed among children to enhance their interest in books which result in building their general awareness and helps develop their iq.
In 1923, In Catalonia the first relation between 23 April (World book day date) and books was made by booksellers as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes (who died on this date). UNESCO too (in 1995) decided to celebrate the World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April, as the date is also the death anniversary of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and William Shakespeare . 23 April is also the birth/death anniversary of several other prominent authors.
In United States of America World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the Book is celebrated on Sunday closest to 23rd April (World book day date).
In United Kingdom there is clash between the dates. On 23rd April they have the National Saint’s Day of England, St George’s Day. To avoid this clash a separate event World Book Night is organized by independent charity “The Reading Agency” held on 23 April. They normally celebrate World book day it on first Thursday in March.
In Sweden world book day is known as “Världsbokdagen”