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WORLD BOOK DAY

When is World Book Day in 2021?

World Book Day in 2021 is on the Friday, 23rd of Apr (4/23/2021).

World Book Day is on the 113th day of 2021. There are 252 days left in the year.

World Book Day Facts

  • Date: Apr 23, 2021
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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.

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.

As the name suggests, the focus of the day is on books and writing. Thus, various programs are held by UNESCO to promote reading habits among people. Focus is also on discussing various issues pertaining to the world of authors, publishers, distributors etc. as well as promoting their works and causes.

However, unlike other such days, there are no themes decided as such by UNESCO each year, although there is a specific topic around which programs are organized every year. Apart from that, there are traditions on the day which are specific to some countries. The tradition of exchanging books in Spain has already been talked about. There is also the tradition of organizing a reading marathon spanning two days in Spain, at the end of which an author is given the coveted Miguel de Cervantes prize by the King of Spain. In Sweden, writing competitions are organized across schools and colleges.

In UK as well as Ireland, the day is celebrated on the first Thursday of March instead of April 23. April 23 is the St. George's Day in UK, and hence, to avoid a clash with it, the day has been moved in UK as well as Ireland.

The organizing body of the day, UNESCO, comes with different themes for the day each year. In 2012, the theme of the day was translation. The theme of World Book Day 2012 was decided in order to promote "equitable access of content across regions."

World Book Day Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Thu
  • Apr 23, 2015
  • Sat
  • Apr 23, 2016
  • Sun
  • Apr 23, 2017
  • Mon
  • Apr 23, 2018
  • Tue
  • Apr 23, 2019
  • Thu
  • Apr 23, 2020
  • Fri
  • Apr 23, 2021

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01Global Family Day
MondayMonJan 04, 2021Jan 04World Braille Day
MondayMonJan 11, 2021Jan 11International Thank-You Day
SaturdaySatJan 30, 2021Jan 30World Leprosy Day
FridayFriFeb 12, 2021Feb 12Darwin Day
SundaySunFeb 21, 2021Feb 21International Mother Language Day
MondayMonFeb 22, 2021Feb 22World Thinking Day
MondayMonMar 01, 2021Mar 01International Day of the Seal
MondayMonMar 08, 2021Mar 08International Women's Day
SaturdaySatMar 20, 2021Mar 20World Frog Day
SundaySunMar 21, 2021Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
MondayMonMar 22, 2021Mar 22World Water Day
TuesdayTueMar 23, 2021Mar 23World Meteorological Day
WednesdayWedMar 24, 2021Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 27, 2021Mar 27Earth Hour
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02International Children's Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 07, 2021Apr 07World Health Day
MondayMonApr 12, 2021Apr 12Yuri's Night
FridayFriApr 16, 2021Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
ThursdayThuApr 22, 2021Apr 22Earth Day
FridayFriApr 23, 2021Apr 23World Book Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Penguin Day
MondayMonMay 03, 2021May 03World Press Freedom Day
WednesdayWedMay 05, 2021May 05International Midwives Day
SaturdaySatMay 08, 2021May 08World Red Cross Day
MondayMonMay 10, 2021May 10World Lupus Day
WednesdayWedMay 12, 2021May 12International Nurses Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
SaturdaySatMay 15, 2021May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 17, 2021May 17World Hypertension Day
TuesdayTueMay 18, 2021May 18International Museum Day
FridayFriMay 21, 2021May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 22, 2021May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SundaySunMay 23, 2021May 23World Turtle Day
MondayMonMay 24, 2021May 24World Schizophrenia Day
TuesdayTueMay 25, 2021May 25Towel Day
MondayMonMay 31, 2021May 31World No-Tobacco Day
TuesdayTueJun 01, 2021Jun 01World Milk Day
ThursdayThuJun 03, 2021Jun 03World Bicycle Day
SaturdaySatJun 05, 2021Jun 05World Environment Day
TuesdayTueJun 08, 2021Jun 08World Ocean Day
MondayMonJun 14, 2021Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
WednesdayWedJun 16, 2021Jun 16International Day of the African Child
ThursdayThuJun 17, 2021Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SundaySunJun 20, 2021Jun 20World Refugee Day
MondayMonJun 21, 2021Jun 21International Yoga Day
SaturdaySatJun 26, 2021Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SundaySunJul 11, 2021Jul 11World Population Day
FridayFriJul 16, 2021Jul 16World Snake Day
WednesdayWedJul 28, 2021Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 01, 2021Aug 01International Friendship Day
SundaySunAug 08, 2021Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
MondayMonAug 09, 2021Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
TuesdayTueAug 10, 2021Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
ThursdayThuAug 12, 2021Aug 12International Youth Day
FridayFriAug 13, 2021Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
SaturdaySatAug 14, 2021Aug 14World Lizard Day
MondayMonAug 23, 2021Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
WednesdayWedSep 08, 2021Sep 08International Literacy Day
MondayMonSep 13, 2021Sep 13International Chocolate Day
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15Software Freedom Day
ThursdayThuSep 16, 2021Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SundaySunSep 19, 2021Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21World Gratitude Day
WednesdayWedSep 22, 2021Sep 22World Car-Free Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29World Heart Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29Inventors Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01World Ballet Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01International Music Day
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SundaySunOct 03, 2021Oct 03World Temperance Day
MondayMonOct 04, 2021Oct 04World Animal Day
TuesdayTueOct 05, 2021Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SundaySunOct 10, 2021Oct 10World Mental Health Day
SaturdaySatOct 16, 2021Oct 16World Food Day
SundaySunOct 17, 2021Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SundaySunOct 24, 2021Oct 24United Nations Day
FridayFriOct 29, 2021Oct 29International Internet Day
MondayMonNov 08, 2021Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SundaySunNov 14, 2021Nov 14World Diabetes Day
TuesdayTueNov 16, 2021Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19World Toilet Day
SundaySunNov 21, 2021Nov 21World Television Day
ThursdayThuNov 25, 2021Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
TuesdayTueNov 30, 2021Nov 30International Computer Security Day
WednesdayWedDec 01, 2021Dec 01World Aids Day
ThursdayThuDec 02, 2021Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SundaySunDec 05, 2021Dec 05International Volunteers Day
TuesdayTueDec 07, 2021Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
FridayFriDec 10, 2021Dec 10Human Rights Day