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WORLD BOOK DAY

When is World Book Day in 2019?

World Book Day in 2019 is on the Tuesday, 23rd of Apr (4/23/2019).

World Book Day is on the 113th day of 2019. There are 252 days left in the year.

World Book Day Facts

  • Date: Apr 23, 2019
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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

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DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
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  • Apr 23, 2015
  • Sat
  • Apr 23, 2016
  • Sun
  • Apr 23, 2017
  • Mon
  • Apr 23, 2018

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01Global Family Day
ThursdayThuJan 04, 2018Jan 04World Braille Day
ThursdayThuJan 11, 2018Jan 11International Thank-You Day
TuesdayTueJan 30, 2018Jan 30World Leprosy Day
MondayMonFeb 12, 2018Feb 12Darwin Day
WednesdayWedFeb 21, 2018Feb 21International Mother Language Day
ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2018Feb 22World Thinking Day
ThursdayThuMar 01, 2018Mar 01International Day of the Seal
ThursdayThuMar 08, 2018Mar 08International Women's Day
TuesdayTueMar 20, 2018Mar 20World Frog Day
WednesdayWedMar 21, 2018Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
ThursdayThuMar 22, 2018Mar 22World Water Day
FridayFriMar 23, 2018Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SaturdaySatMar 24, 2018Mar 24Earth Hour
SaturdaySatMar 24, 2018Mar 24World TB Day
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 07, 2018Apr 07World Health Day
ThursdayThuApr 12, 2018Apr 12Yuri's Night
TuesdayTueApr 17, 2018Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SaturdaySatApr 21, 2018Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
SundaySunApr 22, 2018Apr 22Earth Day
MondayMonApr 23, 2018Apr 23World Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 25, 2018Apr 25World Penguin Day
WednesdayWedApr 25, 2018Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuMay 03, 2018May 03World Press Freedom Day
SaturdaySatMay 05, 2018May 05International Midwives Day
TuesdayTueMay 08, 2018May 08World Red Cross Day
ThursdayThuMay 10, 2018May 10World Lupus Day
SaturdaySatMay 12, 2018May 12International Nurses Day
SundaySunMay 13, 2018May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
TuesdayTueMay 15, 2018May 15International Day of Families
FridayFriMay 18, 2018May 18International Museum Day
MondayMonMay 21, 2018May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
TuesdayTueMay 22, 2018May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 23, 2018May 23World Turtle Day
ThursdayThuMay 24, 2018May 24World Schizophrenia Day
ThursdayThuMay 24, 2018May 24Red Nose Day
FridayFriMay 25, 2018May 25Towel Day
ThursdayThuMay 31, 2018May 31World No-Tobacco Day
SundaySunJun 03, 2018Jun 03World Bicycle Day
TuesdayTueJun 05, 2018Jun 05World Environment Day
FridayFriJun 08, 2018Jun 08World Ocean Day
ThursdayThuJun 14, 2018Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SaturdaySatJun 16, 2018Jun 16International Day of the African Child
SundaySunJun 17, 2018Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
WednesdayWedJun 20, 2018Jun 20World Refugee Day
ThursdayThuJun 21, 2018Jun 21International Yoga Day
TuesdayTueJun 26, 2018Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
WednesdayWedJul 11, 2018Jul 11World Population Day
MondayMonJul 16, 2018Jul 16World Snake Day
SaturdaySatJul 28, 2018Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 05, 2018Aug 05International Friendship Day
WednesdayWedAug 08, 2018Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
ThursdayThuAug 09, 2018Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
FridayFriAug 10, 2018Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
SundaySunAug 12, 2018Aug 12International Youth Day
MondayMonAug 13, 2018Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
TuesdayTueAug 14, 2018Aug 14World Lizard Day
ThursdayThuAug 23, 2018Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SaturdaySatSep 08, 2018Sep 08International Literacy Day
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SaturdaySatSep 15, 2018Sep 15Software Freedom Day
SaturdaySatSep 15, 2018Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 16, 2018Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
WednesdayWedSep 19, 2018Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
FridayFriSep 21, 2018Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SaturdaySatSep 22, 2018Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SaturdaySatSep 29, 2018Sep 29Inventors Day
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01International Music Day
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
WednesdayWedOct 03, 2018Oct 03World Temperance Day
ThursdayThuOct 04, 2018Oct 04World Animal Day
FridayFriOct 05, 2018Oct 05World Teacher's Day
WednesdayWedOct 10, 2018Oct 10World Mental Health Day
TuesdayTueOct 16, 2018Oct 16World Food Day
WednesdayWedOct 17, 2018Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
WednesdayWedOct 24, 2018Oct 24United Nations Day
MondayMonOct 29, 2018Oct 29International Internet Day
ThursdayThuNov 08, 2018Nov 08World Town Planning Day
FridayFriNov 16, 2018Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
MondayMonNov 19, 2018Nov 19World Toilet Day
WednesdayWedNov 21, 2018Nov 21World Television Day
SundaySunNov 25, 2018Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
FridayFriNov 30, 2018Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SaturdaySatDec 01, 2018Dec 01World Aids Day
SundaySunDec 02, 2018Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
WednesdayWedDec 05, 2018Dec 05International Volunteers Day
FridayFriDec 07, 2018Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
MondayMonDec 10, 2018Dec 10Human Rights Day