Since 1995, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrates every April 23, celebrates World Book and Copyright Day with the aim of promoting the reading, in addition to making known the right of intellectual property for the author of his own literary work.
This celebration had its origin on November 15, 1995 as a way to pay tribute to great universal writers such as: Miguel de Cervantes, Garcilaso de la Vega, Williams Shakespeare, Vlamidir Nabkov, Josep Pla, Manuel Mejías Vallejo, among others.
However, it was through UNESCO that it was decreed on April 23, since on that date the birth or death of these illustrious figures of literature is celebrated.
This was achieved thanks to the collaboration of the International Union of Publishers and whose purpose was not only to promote culture and letters in the world, but also to find a way to protect copyright property.
The celebration of Book Day seeks to pay a universal tribute to books and authors, as well as promote and discover the pleasure of reading, value all the cultural contribution and the legacy of the great writers of both the past and the present.
In the midst of a pandemic, books help more than ever to stay informed, entertained, to extend ties with other people and with other cultures, and to foster creativity.
“Books have that unique ability to entertain us, to instruct us, to be at the same time the instrument that serves to get out of oneself and to meet an author, an author, a universe or a culture, and to offer a time to immerse oneself more deeply in himself ”, reads in his message of this year 2021, Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO.
If you want to be part of this important event, you can individually or collectively promote the culture and habit of reading.
You can also give a book to a loved one or simply use the different social networks to share your opinion or experience on this interesting topic through the hashtag #World day of the book.