World Poetry Day

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World Poetry Day
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Also called WPD
Observed by UN Members
Celebrations UNESCO
Observances Promote poetry
Begins 1999
Date 21 March
Next time 21 March 2018 (2018-03-21)
Frequency Annual

World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21 March, and was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999. Its purpose is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the original UNESCO declaration says, to "give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements".

It was generally celebrated in October, sometimes on the 5th, but in the latter part of the 20th century the world community celebrated it on the 15th, the birthday of Virgil, the Roman epic poet and poet laureate under Augustus. The tradition to keep an October date for national or international poetry day celebrations still holds in many countries.[1] The United Kingdom also uses 5 October,[2] but elsewhere a different October, or even sometimes a November date, is celebrated.

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