WORLD POETRY DAY [UNESCO]: MARCH 21, 2015

 

WORLD POETRY DAY  

World Poetry Day is a time to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world. It is held on March 21 each year and is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Poetry book with Petals
World Poetry Day, held annually on March 21, is dedicated to poetry worldwide.
World Poetry Day, held annually on March 21, is dedicated to poetry worldwide.
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What do people do?

Many people around the world celebrate World Poetry Day on or around March 21 each year. Government agencies, educators, community groups and individuals get involved in promoting or participating in the day. World Poetry Day is an opportunity for children to be introduced to poetry in classrooms. It is a time when classrooms are busy with lessons related to poetry, in which students examine poets and learn about different types of poetry.

Poets may be invited to read and share their work to audiences at book stores, cafes, universities and schools. Awards and other forms or recognition are made to honor poets and their work. Exhibitions and poetry evenings are also be held to showcase the work of various poets on or around March 21 to coincide with World Poetry Day.

Public life

World Poetry Day is an observance and not a public holiday.

Background

In November 1999, UNESCO designated World Poetry Day to be held on March 21 each year.  The organization recognized the important role of poetry in the arts and in cultures throughout the world and over time. It also wanted the day to promote the efforts of small publishers with regard to publishing poetry. The day also focused on promoting a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, as well as strengthening the association between poetry and other forms of expression, such as dance, music, and painting. The first World Poetry Day was held on March 21, 2000.

Symbols

Various works of poetry and images of poets are featured in various materials and forms of media to promote World Poetry Day each year. Exhibitions and other events are also held to showcase various forms of poetry on this day.

World Poetry Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Mar 21 2000 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 21 2001 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 21 2002 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 21 2003 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 21 2004 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Mon Mar 21 2005 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Tue Mar 21 2006 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 21 2007 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 21 2008 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 21 2009 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 21 2010 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Mon Mar 21 2011 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 21 2012 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 21 2013 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 21 2014 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 21 2015 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Mon Mar 21 2016 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Tue Mar 21 2017 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 21 2018 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 21 2019 World Poetry Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 21 2020 World Poetry Day United Nations observance

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