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World Poetry Day

Quick Facts

World Poetry Day celebrates poetry around the world on March 21 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Poetry DayEnglish
Día Mundial de la PoesíaSpanish
עולם יום שירהHebrew
باليوم العالمي للشعرArabic
세계 시의 날Korean
Welttag der PoesieGerman

World Poetry Day 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

World Poetry Day 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015
List of dates for other years

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.

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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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueMar 212000World Poetry DayUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 212001World Poetry DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 212002World Poetry DayUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 212003World Poetry DayUnited Nations observance 
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FriMar 212008World Poetry DayUnited Nations observance 
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SatMar 212020World Poetry DayUnited Nations observance 
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