World Book Day is a holiday sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, also known as UNESCO, that celebrates reading, publishing and copyright. This day was first officially celebrated in 1995 but traces its origins back to 1923 in Catalonia, Spain when Valencian author Vicente Clavel Andres promoted the idea as a way to honor Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. April 23rd is a significant day for literature as it is the date of death of Cervantes as well as William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, three of the most celebrated authors in history and all of whom died in the same year. Current celebrations vary in style country to country but as early as 1929 in Catalonia people were gifting books to one another in order to commemorate Cervantes and his legacy.
Coconut Water Cambodia believes that reading is a vital skill and lifelong passion that we hope to instill in all of our students through our educational programs. We are excited to take part in this celebration and will continue to encourage reading in all of our schools.