The World Book Day is celebrated today worldwide. In Spain is a special day to promote reading and to enjoy literature in a different way. How do you celebrate in your country? Do you know its origins?

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 in Catalonia as a way to honor the author Miguel de Cervantes, who died on this date. In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.

April 23 also coincides with St George’s Day, who is the patron saint of Catalonia and other countries like England, Germany, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lebanon, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Mexico.

On this day many Catalonian people swap books and roses to their relatives in honor of the legend of this country.

From Additio we wish you a happy World Book Day!