Know the history, the theme for 2022 and the importance of the UNESCO event

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world book day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, is an annual celebration of books and the joy of reading. It is celebrated annually on April 23 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading and is marked by activities promoting a culture of reading at all ages.

World Book Day: History

World Book Day, dubbed International Book Day, was first celebrated by UNESCO on April 23, 1995. The United Nations agency chose this particular date to commemorate and posthumously immortalize the memory of personalities literary like Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare – two one of which died on April 23 and the other (Miguel) on April 22 (1616).

However, the day was conceived 73 years before the first celebration of World Book Day, in 1922 by Spanish writer and journalist Vicente Clavel Andres to honor Don Quixote the author Miguel de Cervantes.

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World Book Day 2022: theme

The theme for 2022 was “You are a reader” as World Book Day celebrated its silver jubilee in the UK and Ireland on March 3. The message conveyed is that children from all walks of life should have a fair chance at education through reading. .

Books were on offer for just £1 and the day was marked by competitions, events and other types of celebrations.

World Book Day: Meaning

World Book Day aims to encourage more children, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop a lifelong habit of reading – for enjoyment and for intellectual growth.

UNESCO insists that reading is more important today than at any time in history, because knowledge is all that stands between inaction and solving contemporary challenges of inequalities – social and economic – and the fight against misinformation.

“Books…help us share ideas, obtain information, and inspire admiration for different cultures, enabling far-reaching forms of dialogue between people across space and time.” the website reads.

Each year, on the occasion of World Book Day, a city is designated World Book Capital by UNESCO for one year. This world book capital runs a one-year program to promote books and reading.

The Mexican city of Guadalajara assumes the role of world book capital for 2022.

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