23 April is observed as a World Book and Copyrights Day every year. The Day is celebrated by UNESCO. In 2021, to celebrate the Day, UNESCO has created “Bookface Challenge”.

About the Day

The first World Book and Copyrights Day was celebrated in the year 1995. The UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance is awarded on this day. Also, the day will increase the understanding of copyright laws and other measures that protect intellectual properties.

Why on 23rd April?

The UNESCO decided to celebrate the World Book and Copyrights Day on 23rd April as it is the death anniversary of William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilasco de la Vega.

World Book Day celebrated in different regions

  • In Catalonia (Spain), the Day is celebrated as St George’s Day since the 1436. On this day, people exchange gifts between loved ones. Catalonia is an autonomous community in Spain.
  • In Spain, the Day is being celebrated since the 1926 on October 7. This is because Miguel de Cervantes was born on 7 October.
  • In Sweden, the World Book Day is called the Varldsbokdagen. It is celebrated on 13 April.
  • In the United Kingdom and Ireland, they organise an event called the “World Book Night” to celebrate the World Book Day.
  • The Day is celebrated as a street festival in the United States of America.

World Book Capital

Annually UNESCO and other international organisations select World Book Capital for a one-year capital. This year Tbilisi of Georgia has been selected as the World Book Capital.

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