UNESCO has designated April 23 as World Book Day, a worldwide celebration of books and reading and celebrated in some 100 odd countries. Each year UNESCO selects a World Book Capital and this year it is Incheon, South Korea. This was celebrated first in 1995.
The connection between 23 April and books was a way to honour Miguel De Cervantes, who died on this date. Incidentally, this date is also the death anniversary of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Spain celebrates this day, Cervantes’s Don Quixote is read during a two day readathon and Miguel De Cervantes prize is distributed by Spanish King in Alcala de Henares (One of UNESCO’s Heritage city).
In Sweden, the day is known as Världsbokdagen (“World Book Day”)
In Kensington, Maryland, USA, the International Day of the Book is celebrated with a street festival on the Sunday closest to April 23rd.
On this day in Mexico City, forum on reading aloud is held outside the campus library at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.