During UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999, the 21 March was proclaimed as World Poetry Day, as a means of recognising the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.
Government agencies, educators, community groups and individuals get involved in promoting or participating in the day. World Poetry Day is an opportunity for children to be introduced to poetry in classrooms. It is a time when classrooms are busy with lessons related to poetry, in which students examine poets and learn about different types of poetry.
Poets may be invited to read and share their work to audiences at book stores, cafes, universities and schools. Awards and other forms or recognition are made to honor poets and their work. Exhibitions and poetry evenings are also be held to showcase the work of various poets on or around March 21 to coincide with World Poetry Day.
Events will be taking place all around the world, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for ways to get involved in the run up to the day. You can create your own events, groups, write, read and share poetry, you name it!