Every year, since year
1995, April 23rd is celebrated as World Book and Copyright Day. The
event is also known as International Day of the Book. It is organized by UNESCO
to promote literature and activities like reading, publishing and copyrighting.
UNESCO specifically chose this date to celebrate literature because April 23rd
also marks the death anniversary of great authors like William Shakespeare, Inca
Garcilaso de la Vega and Miguel de Cervantes. On this day, several activities
and events are planned in order to encourage the interaction of people with
books, to promote reading and make them realize the value of the humongous literary
wealth that is at our disposal. The World Book and Copyright Day is also a
means to revisit and commemorate great authors and poets who have created
masterpieces for the mankind.
There are a number of
activities planned to encourage reading for pleasure. Book fairs are organized,
book marks are distributed to create awareness about this day, the relay
reading of plays and books is held at many places and various literary
competition are held. There is special attention paid to make people understand
and aware of the laws related to copyrighting and publishing. Many poster
making competitions are also organized in order to create the interest of young
children in this event and to appreciate literature.
The World Book Day aims
to inspire people especially young children to read books, to support literacy
and to pay our respect to the great authors who have significantly contributed
in the field of literature. It also intends to support books and those who
produce them. This April 23rd, all of us should join hands in order
to appreciate books and the knowledge they have instore for us. Let us promise to
use this opportunity to share ideas, increase our knowledge and widen our perspective.