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).
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.
World Poetry Day is an observance and not a public holiday.
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.
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
|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|
Quick FactsWorld Poetry Day celebrates poetry around the world on March 21 each year.
World Poetry Day 2018Wednesday, March 21, 2018
World Poetry Day 2019Thursday, March 21, 2019
Name in other languages
|World Poetry Day||English|
|Día Mundial de la Poesía||Spanish|
|עולם יום שירה||Hebrew|
|باليوم العالمي للشعر||Arabic|
|세계 시의 날||Korean|
|Welttag der Poesie||German|
United Nation Holidays on March 21, 2018
- International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- International Day of Nowruz
- World Down Syndrome Day
- International Day of Forests