Posted On : April 23 2019
Why is it celebrated?
World Book Day is celebrated every year on April 23. UNESCO undertakes the responsibility of the event. With the help of the event, UNESCO aims to inculcate reading habits among people, especially the youth and highlight the various issues surrounding authors, publishers and other related parties. Since Copyright is a big issue in the world of books and writing, there is always a focus on the issue on the World Book Day. That's why, in many parts of the world, this day is also known as the World Book and Copyright Day.
The first ever World Book Day was celebrated on April 23, 1995. The date as decided by UNESCO as it was also the death and birth anniversary of William Shakespeare, a world famous author. The date also coincided with the death anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes, who was a noted Spanish author. Some other well-known authors whose birth or death anniversary falls on this day are Maurice Druon, Josep Pla and Halldor Laxness.
Idea behind the day…
The idea of the day was taken from a Spanish tradition. April 23rd has always been celebrated as "The Rose Day" in Spain. On this day, people exchanged roses for showing their love and support, much like the Valentine's Day. However, in 1926, when Miguel de Cervantes dies on the day, people exchanged 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.
Our fave authors speak…
“Make a ‘FreeBooks’ box and leave it outside your home, for anyone who’s keen to read a book. We all have books that we can share; the ones that came as gifts, the ones we have double copies of, the ones we loved, but don't necessarily want to add to our shelves for life, etc. From the security guards in your building to the dry cleaner, who delivers clean laundry to you, from your neighbours who you meet in the elevator to the children who play in the parks — the books would come to good use!” –Purva Grover
“I'll be celebrating World Book Day my favourite way -- by going to the library and loading up on books for myself and my kid! The first thing I do in any city or town I move to is find myself a library nearby - in Dubai, it's The Old Library, a lovely, warm community space. There are few joys like coming home from the library, arms filled with books, heart filled with anticipation of all the stories that await you... It's a feeling that transports you back to carefree childhood summers spent reading for hours on end. So, if you haven't been to your neighbourhood library recently, why not start today? There couldn't be a better way to celebrate World Book Day!” – Divya Kumar
“Here’s how I would like World Book Day to be celebrated: Just like we put our lights out for an hour on Earth Day, I would like people all over the world to put aside all other priorities and activities and read a book of their choice for at least one hour on World Book Day.” – Christopher C Doyle
“I’m going to celebrate World Book Day by starting a new book myself and gifting a book to one of my friends. I hope people spend this day reading a little more than usual.” – Novoneel Chakraborty
“I would celebrate it by reading a book. An actual book and not a screen. I love the romance of paper, the smell of it and the sound of turning pages. Books are my saviour and transport me to a happier place whenever Im afraid or feeling down. I would love for our technology inflicted newer generation to experience the joys of reading like we did but I guess it's difficult to 'kindle' the same sentiment in this day and age.” - Sabyn Javeri
“Celebrate it by reading a goos book that nourishes your soul. Or by gifting someone you love a good book. Let us all promise to choose books over any other things such as our nth pair of shoes or clothes. A good book has the power to change our life. It opens our hearts and minds to see and accept other people's perspectives.” – Sudha Menon
“Here's how I'll celebrate World Book Day: I'll curl up with a book the minute the day winds to a close...oh, wait, that's what I do every day! How people should celebrate the day: By showing a book they truly enjoyed reading some love (gifting it or recommending it or posting a review or reaching out to the author on social media).” – Vibha Batra
“I'm celebrating World Book Day by offering a free download of my novel TECHNO FEAST free from 4/23/19 - 4/27/19 on Amazon. It'd be nice to see what everyone is reading or a book they thoroughly enjoy as a post on their social media accounts tagging #worldbookday.” – Rick Pipito
“I would like to celebrate with a cup of coffee and a copy of the Godfather by Mario Puzo.” – Kevin Missal