UNESCO this year has also commemorated the day to the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights which includes freedom of expression and right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress.
April 23 is designated by UNESCO as World Book Day also known as World Book and Copyright Day. It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. April 23 marks the birthday or death of world’s leading authors including Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Both Shakespeare and Cervantes died on 23 April 1616 (though not on the same day, as at the time as the cultures used different calendars).
The event is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. The World Book Day for the first time was celebrated on April 23 in 1995. It always takes place on the first Thursday in March in the UK and Ireland. It is a one-day festival, which is celebrated in over 100 countries all over the globe.
“In 2018, Athens, as UNESCO World Book Capital, undertakes the promotion of books and reading and organizes activities over the year which starts with the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April. The city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry. The proposed activity program includes meetings with writers, translators and illustrators, concerts, thematic exhibitions, poetry readings and workshops for publishing professionals,” shared UNESCO.
How World Book Day is Celebrated
* One can get involved in celebrating the world book day by buying and reading some exciting and funny books from the market.
* Many programmes are organized on international level by the UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO clubs, centres, associations, libraries, schools and other educational institutions.
* Promoting the reading habits among kids, publishing and protecting the intellectual property using copyright.
* Various activities like visual art, drama, workshop programmes and etc can aid more motivation to the people.
* Volunteers provide free books to needy people.
Inspiring Quotes About Books And Reading
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” — Jane Austen
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” ― Groucho Marx
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway
“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.” — Mark Haddon
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde
“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” ― Cassandra Clare
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot
“I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” — L.M. Montgomery
“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” ― George R.R. Martin
“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” — Ray Bradbury
“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.” ― J.K. Rowling
“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ― Mark Twain
“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” ― Stephen King
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