World Poetry Day Date in the current year: March 21, 2016

World Poetry Day UNESCO declared World Poetry Day on March 21 in 1999. This holiday was created to promote reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry.

Poetry is one of the pillars of creative diversity. It is one of the means of cultural communication reflections, since it has its own grammatical structure, metaphors and associations.

World Poetry Day aims to encourage language diversity of the world, support endangered languages through poetry, promote poetry and return to the teaching of poetry and the tradition of poetry readings.

UNESCO encourages Member States actively participate in the celebration of the day at both the national and local levels. National Commissions for UNESCO, public and private institutions participate in the organization of the observance.

Some countries celebrate national and international poetry days on October 15, the birth anniversary of an ancient Roman poet Virgil. This tradition is kept in many countries. The United Kingdom usually celebrates the holiday on October 5, although another date in October and even November also can be celebrated.

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