Languages and books, celebration day
Communication through language advanced humanity, and marked the development of civilization through incipient cultural expressions, including writing, transcendental phenomena which part of the planet celebrates on April 23.
On this day, in fair coincidence, since 2010, the United Nations (UN) celebrates the Days of the Spanish and English languages, two of the official languages of the institution, along with French, Arabic, Chinese and Russian, who have their own festivities.
Today, Unesco also celebrates Book and Copyright Day, one of the ways to acquire knowledge and fly in the imagination to places where the current Covid-19 pandemic does not allow us to arrive in person.
The date commemorates the death in 1616 of the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of the emblematic novel “El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha”, born in 1547, and of the English playwright William Shakespeare, author of essential pieces, whose birth and death occurred on April 23, 1564 and 1616, respectively.
Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world, with Academies that constitute a network in Latin American countries, a kind of observatory for the contribution and updating of Spanish, with particularities that, as in the case of Cuba, constitute a whole dictionary of Americanisms, Cubanisms ...
The English language is the most widespread in professional fields and its study is also the most requested in the world; on this Caribbean island, it is part of the official high school curriculum, starting in the seventh grade.
In one language or another, literary creation, printed in books, in different variants such as digital ones, is part of the best of humanity, so the promotion of reading is also the purpose of this day.
“Books have that unique ability to entertain and instruct us, to be at the same time the instrument that serves to get out of oneself and to meet an author, a universe or a culture, and to offer time to immerse more deeply in oneself”, summed up in 2021 the general director of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.