In modern world there is a tradition of celebrating and marking days so as to express gratitude or to emphasis the importance of a particular thing in contemporary times. And today i.e. 23rd April is World Book Day.
The choice of this particular date with reference to books was first established in 1923 by booksellers in Spain, and a Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andrés. They as a mark of remembrance and honour of the author Miguel de Cervantes, who died on this date. Though initially there was a gathering and small localized functions to mark the occasion but United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in order to encourage reading and aspects related to publishing and copyrighting marked it as World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) starting 1995. Though in various parts of the world it is also celebrated on other dates also.
The date also coincides with the death anniversary of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega among several other prominent authors related with this date. Today’s Doodle is also dedicated to William Shakespeare.
The purpose of this celebration across the world is to celebrate the joy of reading and which is preserved due to the publication of books. It is also the celebration of authors and illustrators and is marked over 100 countries all over the world making it’s a worldwide festival of its kind.
The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to develop the healthy habit to reading as soon as possible. This will equip them with the tool of knowledge with which their can forge their destiny. Reading will lead to their overall development and can take children to another fascinating world full of possibilities. I also urge reader of this article to take this day as an welcome opportunity to read yourself a book that will delight you and also gift a nice one to a child around to cultivate this unique habit.