World Poetry Day is celebrated on March 21st of every year. Poem and poetry is an art that narrates one’s inner feelings about anything in the form of linguistic expression. Those who are skilled in expressing it are the poets. The world has seen so many poets and their poetry which varies with language, theme, and some poetry types are specific to the particular cultures and genres such that it responds to the characteristics of that language in which the poet writes. Any form of poem, poet, and the poetry needs to be appreciated with a special day in the calendar. As to recognize and support all the poets and poetry from around the world, World Poetry Day has been created. Poetry Day is the best chance to introduce people to poetry and encourages them to express their feelings and emotions in the form of the poem.
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost
History of World Poetry Day
The World Poetry Day (WPD) has been first celebrated in the year 2000. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared this Day on its 30th session held in Paris in 1999. The purpose of this Day for the poetry is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry everywhere in the world. However, the original UNESCO declaration says that this Day is created as to give fresh recognition and impetus to the national, regional and international poetry movements. World Poetry Day also appreciates and supports all the poets and poetry from around the world. Poetry is considered to be one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural, linguistic expression and identity.
By celebrating poetry, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. The primary objective of this celebration Day is to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities and to support the linguistic diversity through the poetic expression. With the WPD, poets are honored, and the oral traditions of poetry recitals are reviewed. The Poetry Day is the occasion to promote the reading, writing and teaching skills of the poetry and to strengthen the convergence between the poetry and other arts including theatre, dance, music, and painting, as to raise the visibility of poetry in the media field.
Poetry is one of the ancient practice exists in every culture and on every continent. It is important to encourage small publishers and to create an attractive image of poetry in the media. Thus the art of poetry will no longer be regarded as an outdated form of art but to be termed as the one which enables the society as a whole to regain and assert its identity. Poetry is a form of creativity that continues to bring people together across the globe. Poetry expresses to our common humanity and our shared values and helps in transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful incentive for both the dialogue and peace.
Other Celebrations on March 21
March 21 is also celebrated as
- National Corndog Day
- National Quilting Day
- World Down Syndrome Day
- National French Bread Day
- National Common Courtesy Day
- International Day of Forests
- National Single Parents Day
- National Fragrance Day
How to Celebrate World Poetry Day
Celebrating the World Poetry Day is very simple. Get to know more about poetry, types and how to express it. Take this Day as the best opportunity to bring out your poetic skills. Encourage people and poets to bring out much of their poetry as to boost the poetic expressions. Let your child introduced to the poetry and encourage them to know about different types of poetry. You can work with the government agencies, private organizations and educators promote the participation of this Day. Attend a poetry exhibitions to know about the poetic legends and their powerful magical words as poems. Get inspired, as poetry narrates the culture and tradition of a language and people of that nation. Organize a Poetry Day function in your region and invite Poets to read and share their poetic work with audiences. Finally, you can appreciate or support any poet in person to mark this observance. Share your appreciation for the poet and poetry on the social media using the hashtag #WorldPoetryDay.