New Delhi: Book lovers and library institutions across the globe reportedly celebrated the annual World Book and Copyright Day on Saturday.

It is a yearly event on April 23, organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading habit, publishing and copyright.

To celebrate the love for reading and publishing, book institutions around the world organised seminars and book gifting programmes.

The Beijing Cervantes Institute celebrates World Book Day paying tribute to the influence of Miguel de Cervantes in China. The institute commemorates the fourth centenary of the death of Cervantes and the World Book Day with a special program that includes the presentation of a publication dedicated to the Chinese translations of Don Quixote.

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Telenor India launched a book collection campaign, ‘Book for Smiles’ in partnership with Food 4 Thought Foundation and encouraged Telenor employees to support the noble cause by donating books.

Meanwhile, to mark the World Book Day, a team from South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s Library Service will be giving out 250 free books to commuters from 11am to 2pm.

Punjab University’s Department of Information Management, Pakistan, in collaboration with Punjab University Library and National Book Foundation also organised a seminar titled ‘My Books, Myself and My Personality’.

The original idea of World Book Day was of the Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andrés as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23. The date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

Google doodle also celebrates the incredible work of the Bard of Avon with beautiful illustration.

The illustrations depict some of his most iconic plays appeared at the far left and right, with the playwright himself in the middle.

The depiction of his plays included Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, King Lear, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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