World Book and Copyright Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The origins of the day come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago.
World Book Day in the Community of Madrid is traditionally celebrated on the 23rd of April, but the 23rd falls on the same day as Holy Saturday this year. Thus, La Noche de los Libros (The Night of the Books) was moved to Wednesday 27 April 2011. Institutions, cultural centres, bookshops, libraries and cultural spaces in Madrid will open their doors to the public from 9.00 am until 1.00 am on the 28.