Today libraries and bookshops close at an unusual hour and there are lots of things to do during the day.
In Catalonia, in the north east of Spain, men gave women roses, and women gave men a book to celebrate the occasion: “a rose for love and a book forever.”
It is said that William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes died the same day: 23rd of April 1616. This is the reason why the World Book Day is celebrated today.
Shakespeare´s and Cervantes´ shadow is in literature, music, poetry, cinema, philosophy and even astronomy!
English language owes to Cervantes too. The idiom “Tilting at windmills”, used to describe confrontations where adversaries are incorrectly perceived, derives from an episode in the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. In the novel, Don Quixote fights windmills that he imagines to be giants.
So It´s a great day to enjoy and thank Cervantes and Shakespeare for their legacy! We wish you a happy World Book Day!