World Book and copyright Day Everything you need to know about this day -Tahamina Anam Khan


“Books are at the intersection of some of the most essential human freedoms, primarily freedom of expression and freedom to publish. These are fragile freedoms.”

— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Who doesn’t love to read, isn’t? Presently for certain individuals music is their or moving or dancing or even traveling while there are numerous individuals who are in a habit of a reading book wherever they go. The day is devoted to such individuals.

World Book Day is praised each year on April 23. UNESCO assumes the obligation of the occasion. With the assistance of the occasion, UNESCO objectives to train reading habits among individuals, especially the youth and highlight the numerous issues surrounding authors, publishers and other related festivities. Since Copyright is a major issue in the realm of books and composing, there is dependably an attention on the issue on World Book Day. That is the reason, in numerous parts of the world, this day is also known as the World Book and Copyright Day.

The first ever World Book Day was commended on April 23, 1995. The date was chosen by UNESCO as it was likewise the death and birth commemoration of William Shakespeare, a world famous author. The date likewise corresponded with the demise commemoration of Miguel de Cervantes, who was a prominent Spanish author. Some other well-known authors whose birth or passing commemoration falls on this day are Maurice Druon, Josep Pla, and Halldor Laxness.

The idea of the day was taken from a Spanish custom. April 23rd has always been notable as “The Rose Day” in Spain. On this day, individuals traded roses for demonstrating their adoration and backing, much like Valentine’s Day. However, in 1926, when Miguel de Cervantes dies on the day, individuals swapped books instead of roses in order to commemorate the death of the great author. The tradition continues to this day in Spain and that’s from where the idea of the World Book Day came about. World book day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

As the name suggests, the focal point of the day is on books and composing. In this way, different programs are held by UNESCO to advance reading habits among individuals. The concentrate is additionally on talking about different issues relating to the universe of authors, distributors, merchants and so forth just as advancing their works and causes.

In any case, in contrast to other such days, there are no subjects chosen accordingly by UNESCO every year, in spite of the fact that there is a particular point around which programs are sorted out each year. Aside from that, there are conventions on the day which are explicit to certain nations. The custom of trading books in Spain has just been discussed. There is also the tradition of organizing a reading marathon spanning two days in Spain, at the end of which an author is given the coveted Miguel de Cervantes prize by the King of Spain. In Sweden, composing rivalries are sorted out crosswise over schools and universities. In the UK just as Ireland, the day is praised on the first Thursday of March rather than April 23. April 23 is the St. George’s Day in the UK, and henceforth, to stay away from a conflict with it, the day has been moved in the UK just as Ireland.


Every year a publication is structured and conveyed far and wide. It highlights pictures intended to support individuals, especially youngsters, to peruse books and acknowledge writing. There is additionally a logo for World Book and Copyright Day. It includes a circle, speaking to the world, and two books, one of which is open


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