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October

Why October Matters - Important Days Around the World

02 October 2017 Fun Facts

Not only does October 1st mark the beginning of the Q4 fiscal calendar for many businesses worldwide, but it is also
the month of many important holidays around the world.  While, it may not be considered the Holiday Season (that’s usually reserved for December), there are many public holidays and religious occasions around the world that people observe. Mixed with national and independence days, there are also multiple days or weeks of observations that are public, national, regional, and/or simply traditional that are commemorated in October.

Look at the first week of October alone…

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September

September, Equinox, Persephone… It’s all Greek to me

22 September 2017 Fun Facts

With September comes Autumn. For centuries, the Fall Equinox has been celebrated throughout time across various cultures. In the northern hemisphere, the change of season brings the harvest, with origins depicted in Ancient Greek mythology with Persephone’s return to the Underworld.

The story goes like this…

Persephone (Kore or Cora), the goddess daughter of Demeter (the goddess mother of harvests), was abducted to wed King Hades, the god of the Underworld.  After great struggle, the mother goddess finally secured her daughter’s return, but only for nine months of the year. Each Fall, Persephone was summoned back to the underworld with her King husband for three months.  During this period, Mother Demeter mourned her daughter’s departure and refused to nurture plants, hence allowing winter to prevail. Persephone was the goddess of vegetation, and the goddess Queen of the underworld. As the deity of the underworld, she received the souls of the dead into the earth, and acquired powers over the fertility of the soil. In the Spring, once reunited with her mother the Earth would flourish with vegetation, color and warmth…

Fun Facts about the Greek language:

  • Greek has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records.
  • Greek is a language distinguished by an extensive vocabulary. It is the language in which many of the original texts in science, astronomy, mathematics, logic, and Western philosophy are composed.
  • Modern Greek is spoken by over 13 million people today in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Albania and Turkey, and is one of the 24 official languages of the EU. 

Happy Autumn Equinox

Happy Harvest!

 

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August

The Arab Roots of Flamenco Run Deep in Spain

11 August 2017 Fun Facts

Many of the details of the origins of flamenco are lost in Spanish history. The mysteries of the passionate, classical music and dance of Spain, also extend to the very word “flamenco”.

Flamenco is used to describe a way of life centered around this uniquely Spanish music. Andalucista politician, writer, historian and musicologist, Blas Infante, claimed in his book “Orígenes de lo flamenco y secreto del cante jondo”, that the word flamenco comes from Hispano-Arabic word “fellahmengu”, which would mean "expelled peasant” derived from a root meaning "to flee".   Infante links the term to the ethnic Andalucians of Muslim faith, the Moriscos, who would have mixed with the Gypsy newcomers in order to avoid religious persecution.   Still some scholars believe the word’s etymology include connections with Flanders, the place believed by some to be the place of origin of the Gypsies (as flamenco also means Flemish in Spanish).  In the 14th century, people started using the term to describe the Andalusian Gypsies (ie. gitanos or flamencos).

Flamenco music dates back to the Middle Ages, a time of turmoil on the Iberian peninsula. It was a period when, the Moors, the Gitanos and the Jews were all persecuted. The Moors and Jews were expelled by the Spanish Inquisition in 1492.   Many of the songs and melodies of flamenco reflect the desperation, struggle, hope, and pride of the people during this time of persecution. The crossroads between the Muslim and Christian realms were the scene of vibrant cultural exchange and artistic cross-pollination. Flamenco was born in a place where Arabs, Jews, Christians and gitanos mixed freely.

For a better understanding of flamenco, attention should be paid to the cultural and musical background of the Iberian Peninsula since the Ancient times.  Moorish influence in the peninsula goes back thousands of years, but it was the Islamic invasion in 711, that determined the musical influences from North Africa.  The Moors and Arabs brought their musical forms to the Peninsula. The Emirate, and later Caliphate of Córdoba became a center of influence in both the Muslim and Christian worlds and it attracted musicians from all Islamic countries.  The presence of the Moors was also critical in shaping the cultural diversity of Spain. The degree of Moorish influence on culture, customs and language varies enormously between the North and the South. While music in the North of the Peninsula has a clear Celtic influence which dates to pre-Roman times, southern music is certainly reminiscent of Eastern influences.   

Another important cultural influence present were the Jewish people.   Enjoying a relative religious and ethnic tolerance in comparison to Christian countries, they formed an important ethnic group, with their own traditions, rites, and music, and probably reinforced the middle-Eastern element in the culture and music forms in the Iberian Peninsula.   Certain flamenco palos like the Peteneras are attributed a direct Jewish origin.

Understanding of flamenco's Arab ancestry was reinforced by the rise over the last six decades of Andalusian cultural nationalism. The 1930’s saw the beginning of a rebirth of al-Andalus and the place of Arabs and Muslims in Spanish history and culture. Andalucismo (the cultural nationalism of the Andalusian people) grew steadily over these years and blossomed after the death of Dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. 

Today, flamenco is a mix of collaboration between ancient and modern times, and cultures. Musicians from both sides of the Straits of Gibraltar have collaborated to discover their musical roots, remember their cultures' past triumphs and tragedies and explore their common heritage. The flamenco guitar strings weave between the tones of the kamanjeh (a  Moroccan violin), underpinned by the frenetic clatter of castanets and a beat of Arab type hand drums.  Lyrics are sung in both Spanish and Arabic, and occasionally the two languages melt into one. The resulting Hispano-Arab music is extraordinary. This musical "fusion" has resulted in modern flamenco, a truly unique sound from the Iberian Peninsula.

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August

5 Things We Could All Learn From Spain

07 August 2017 Fun Facts

1. Amigos, dinero, y tiempo para disfrutarlo 
In Spain, there is not a single night of the week when the streets are not bustling with people moving from bar to bar, restaurant to restaurant, enjoying life. Spaniards have an amazing ability to function on minimal sleep, hence allowing after work hours for friends and fun. Rather than coming home from a long day’s work to veg on the coach all night; it is not uncommon to see Spaniards living their lives outside – swimming, drinking, eating and generally enjoying their free time. Spaniards work to live, rather than live to work.

2. Enjoy a lengthy "Sobremesa" 
What happens in Spain when the meal is done? The bill won’t come and the staff won’t rush you out; instead Spaniards will settle in and enjoy their after-meal conversation. Breakfast, lunch, coffee, snack, tapas or dinner, Spaniards always take time to sit and enjoy the eating experience. This includes good food, good companions and good conversation. No rush and ample time to digest before getting back to the grindstone. Spaniards move at their own relaxed pace.

3. “Hola, buenas” 
No matter where you are, when Spaniards enter a room, they always offer a simple courteous acknowledgement aka greeting to everyone in the room.  It’s simple and polite, and doesn’t imply an offer of open conversation. Interestingly, others in the room always respond back with a reciprocating “Hola.” Go ahead and try it the next time you enter your doctor’s office waiting room, and see what happens.

4. Tapas 
Tapas are wonderful.  How else can you eat a variety of different foods in snack-like quantities, with friends and never feel like you’ve over indulged because you've shared! The art of eating involves savouring each unique flavor, and preparing your palette for the next experience. Tapas allow you to enjoy such variety at a Spanish pace.

5. Olive oil is liquid gold 
Olive oil is not only delicious, it’s also very nutritious. Olive oil is substituted for butter and most other types of oils in Spain. Spaniards even enjoy olive oil with breakfast, in cakes and cookies, etc.  Antioxidant-rich olive oil can help lower cholesterol. It is a main ingredient in cooking, but it is also commonly infused in soaps, lotions and cosmetics. Olive oil might also be a contributor to Spain’s successful universal healthcare system that covers all Spanish residents. Less cholesterol and heart-related medical needs are typically associated with a Mediterranean diet.

Fun Facts About Spain

  • Spain was once a number of separate kingdoms with different languages.  These kingdoms became the basis for many of the different regions in modern Spain. 
  • Spain has the fourth highest life expectancy of all the OECD countries – with a life expectancy of 82 years - after Switzerland, Italy and Japan.
  • The Spanish love to relax, on average they devote 16 out of every 24 hours to leisure, eating, drinking and sleeping.
  • Spain produces over half of the world’s olive oil – more than some 1.5 million tons, and almost all of it comes from the southern region of Andalusia.
  • Over 400+ million Spanish speakers across 21 countries worldwide. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world.
  • Spanish is referred to as Castellano and Español. “Castilian Spanish” can be used to refer to the Spanish spoken in Spain.

¡Y viva España!

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July

How widespread is the French language?

13 July 2017 Fun Facts


French is spoken officially in 33 countries. French is considered an international language also because it is one of the official working languages in many international organizations such as European Commission, International Olympic Committee, World Health Organization and the United Nations.

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June

Is Zulu is the mother tongue of over 20% of which country’s people?

27 June 2017 Fun Facts

isiZulu is the most common language spoken by around 12 million people in the region; it is the language of the region’s largest ethnic group, the Zulu people.

A tonal language, and one of the country's four Nguni languages, and is closely related to isiXhosa. It is probably the most widely understood African language spoken from the Cape to Zimbabwe.

According to the 2011 census, isiZulu is the mother tongue of about 23% of South Africa's population.  

In comparison, English is the mother tongue of less than 10% of the region's population.  English is a highly influential language in the region with about half of the country's people having a basic knowledge of English.  English is South Africa's primary language of government, business and commerce.  

English is spoken at home language by almost 5 million people. South African English is an established and unique dialect, with strong influences from the country's many African languages.

And what about Nelson Mandela, one of South Africa’s most famous leaders?  Although not Zulu - he is the son of a chief of the Thembus tribe, which was absorbed into the Xhosas tribe, and whose mother tongue is spoken by about 16% of the South African population.  South Africa's second-largest language, isiXhosa, shares much of its words and grammar with isiZulu. 

Impilontle! Akubekuhle!   Cheers! Good Health!

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June

Can you order a Piña Colada in Icelandic?

17 June 2017 Fun Facts

Apart from it being a presumably cold and icy island, close to Greenland in the Norwegian Sea, how hard is it to find a beach resort in Iceland serving Piña Coladas

If you go into a bar and ask politely “Má ég hafa Piña Colada vinsamlegast” – in Icelandic, a North Germanic language - the de facto official language, will you get one?  The vast majority of Icelandic speakers—about 320,000—live in Iceland. 97% of the population of Iceland considers Icelandic to be their mother tongue. 

But you could also try asking in Danish, Faroese, German, Norwegian or  Swedish.  Most Icelanders would understand you.  English and Danish are taught in school…but even with the ability to ask for a Piña Colada in all of these languages, you’d still be hard pressed to find one.

You may have better luck ordering one of these:

Brennivín.  One of the most famous Scandinavian drinks. It is a very strong alcohol, a type of Schnapps that is considered to be Iceland's signature liquor. It is made from fermented potatoes and is flavored with caraway seeds. Aka: "Black DeathFun Trivia: The character Budd, in Kill Bill Vol. 2, drank Brennivín.

Glögg. This delicious hot drink originating from the small Finish villages in the snowy and cold mountains is very popular in the whole country. The traditional Scandinavian winter drink mixes wine and port with spices like clove, cardamom and cinnamon to make for a brew that smells like 'winter'!

Jólaglögg. According to its name deriving from the Icelandic word jóla meaning 'Christmas', this traditional Scandinavian hot Icelandic Mulled Wine is mostly consumed at major holidays, especially in the winter. 

Kúmenkaffi.  Iceland is a coffee-drinking nation, the people really enjoy their local specialty. One of the national drinks is caraway coffee, kúmenkaffi, with a characteristic strong spicy aroma and tart flavor. It is ideally served with a splash of brennivín, kúmenkaffi smells spicy, tastes tart and has plenty of caffeine.

While a Piña Colada  might be found, a nice warm drink might be the better choice on this island. But if you really want cold and refreshing...a Nohito might be the a reasonable substitute to the Piña Colada ...as shown in the photo, it's made with Brennivín, of course.

Oh, and when you are finish, you can try this funny Icelandic expression: Ég borga bara með reiðufé

Literally, it means: I only pay with an angry sheep! (I’ll pay in cash!)

 

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June

What are you doing for Father’s Day?

10 June 2017 Fun Facts

What are you doing for Father’s Day?

Right around the corner, you will find anxious men eagerly awaiting that special day when his offspring (and even his beloved mate) will shower him with kisses, hugs, lots of gratitude, maybe presents and the title of “King of the House”.  

Does he really deserve such attention? You bet he does!

Father’s Day! A celebration of the paternal bond between a man and his child.  In many countries around the world, it is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June, but in many countries it is tied to celebrations honoring the concept of Father – be it a parental figure, a spiritual guide or metaphorically as the founder of knowledge, institution or country.

In Spain, Portugal and Italy, father’s day is celebrated in honor of St. Joseph (March 19th) – the patron saint of father in the Roman Catholic tradition.  It is also common to honor the "spiritual father" and the parish priest on Father's Day.

In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated on Ascension Day (May 14th), which commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven 39 days after resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In Denmark, the day coincides with Constitution Day (June 5th) (ie. also commemorating the Fathers of the country).

In Russia the “Defender of Fatherland” day commemorates those who fought for their country and more recently a celebration of men as a whole.

In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on HM King Bhumibol’s birthday (Dec 5th).  Commemorating the country’s most beloved Father.

In Argentina, people continue to honor José de San Martín, the "Father of the Nation" on the unofficial Father’s day (August 24th) along with the official Father’s Day (3rd Sunday in June).

How did June become the month for Father’s Day in the USA?   It’s quite a special story…or stories, as the claim to Father’s Day rests with several special people. One story highlights a daughter’s gratitude for her father, who was a Civil War veteran and a single father of 6 children.  After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, Ms. Sonora Smart Dodd suggested to her local pastor that fathers deserve a special holiday, citing her own father as the example of commitment to family…and his birthday being on June 5th, would serve as a perfect date to celebrate.

So there you have it! Father’s Day around the world to celebrate that special Dude – uh, I mean Dad. Happy Father’s Day!

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June

Do you know 5 fun facts about Sweden?

05 June 2017 Fun Facts

Besides being a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe, bordering Norway and Finland…

1. The Kingdom of Sweden has a population of about 10 million people across Europe’s 3rd largest country by area, and operates under a constitutional monarchy (ceremonial) by His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, and a parliamentary democracy.

2. Swedish (svenska) is a North Germanic language, spoken predominantly in Sweden and parts of Finland, especially along its coast and on the Åland islands.  Swedish is a descendant of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic people living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era. 

3. Sweden is the birthplace of one of the most successful pop music groups – ABBA - topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982. ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, giving Sweden its first victory in the history of the contest.

4. With the world invasion of IKEA, everyone has heard of the world famous Swedish meatballs.  Swedish meatballs are traditionally served with gravy, boiled potatoes, and lingonberry jam. Swedish meatballs are delicious and easy to make, and can be found during shopping trips to IKEA!


5. If you happen to enjoy ice hockey, you would be in good company watching the Swedish ice hockey teamTre Kronor , which is regarded as one of the best in the world.  Along with 8 world championships, and a few Olympic gold medals, never a dull moment.

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June

Did you know that Italian is spoken by over 60 million people worldwide?

02 June 2017 Fun Facts

Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, the Vatican City, Malta and Eritrea. There are also large populations of Italian speakers in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Canada, the USA and the UK.

 

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May

Memorial Day – Remembrance Days Around The World

25 May 2017 Fun Facts

This Monday, Americans will proudly hang their Star Spangled Banner, participate in re-enactments of the U.S. Civil War, watch highly decorated veterans, service men and service women parade across town, visit memorials of loved ones, and fire-up their BBQ. Memorial Day is a day of honor and remembrance for many Americans, as it was originally conceived to honor soldiers who had fallen during the Civil War.  Activities such as the placing small American flags on the graves of more than a quarter of a million gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery show the nations’ solemn and deep appreciation for those who fought for the country. American Memorial Day is just one of many Remembrance days across the world.


VolkstrauertagChinese German translation agency

The original German memorial day was meant to remember those who died in WWI, but it wasn’t largely celebrated until 1934, when the Nazis changed the meaning and declared it an official holiday called it Heldengedenktag, the Day of Commemoration of Heroes.  

By 1948, the country brought back the holiday with its original intent, and broadened its scope to include those who died due to the violence of an oppressive government, in addition to those who died in war. The occasion is commemorated two Sundays before Advent (the Sunday nearest 16 November).

Volkstrauertag, the national day of mourning, has also become a day of warning to remind us of the need for reconciliation, understanding and peace.  Today, on behalf of the federal government, the German War Graves Commission (The Volksbund) looks after the graves of about two million deceased in over 832 cemeteries in 45 countries. It is supported by over one million members and supporters and the federal government. Their motto: Reconciliation over the graves - Working for peace.


Dutch international translation agencyDodenherdenking

The Dutch commemorate their fallen veterans on May 4 every year; although prior to 1961, Dodenherdenking was only meant to honor victims of WWII, but like most other countries , it now includes everyone. The Royal Family attends a ceremony held at the national monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam and the entire country stops for two minutes to pay respects to those who died in wars or peacekeeping missions. Interestingly, the next day, May 5th is Liberation Day in the Netherlands, which celebrates the day the Canadian army freed the Netherlands from Nazi occupation during WWII.


Anzac DayEnglish international translation agency

Anzac Day, celebrated on April 25th, marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during WWl. The soldiers who fought during the war were known as ANZAC - Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day remains one of the most important national days for both Australia and New Zealand, and marks a rare instance of two sovereign countries sharing the same Remembrance Day, and making reference to both countries in the name.

By 1927, Anzac Day was established as a National Day of Commemoration for the 60,000 Australians and 18,000 New Zealanders who died during the war, and all the Australian states observed some form of public holiday together on Anzac Day. Several rituals are associated with the day—dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, reunions—became part of Australian Anzac Day culture.

To remember the hearts and souls of the Anzacs solders, many locals like to add a little rum to their coffee that day to honor the "gunfire breakfast" that many soldiers used to warm their bellies before battle, or play a game of “two-up”, an Australian gambling game, because it was one of the ways soldiers amused themselves.


“The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.” 

~Thomas Campbell 

 

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May

Are People in Israel Multilingual?

14 May 2017 Fun Facts

Israel is home to people with roots from over 120 countries. It is common to hear multiple languages in addition to the two official languages – Hebrew and Arabic – in the streets.

Officially known as the State of Israel, the republic is situated in the Middle East along the Mediterranean Sea bordering Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank, Egypt, the Gaza Strip and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. 

While all Israeli children are formally taught Modern Hebrew, Arabic and English, a large population of Israelis also speak Russian, French, Spanish, Yiddish or Amharic (the official language spoken in Ethiopia).   Classical Hebrew can also be heard, and is used for prayer and study in Jewish communities around the world.  Israel was established as a homeland for the Jewish people, and people with Jewish lineage from all over the world have the right to Israeli citizenship.  

Israel is an international country with a rich mix of culture, language, art and talent.  It is easy to see why people from all over visit and settle in such a multilingual and multicultural place.  

To all those with the good fortune to visit Israel: “Mazel tov” or "מזל טוב"

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May

Europe Day - United in Diversity

09 May 2017 Fun Facts

May 9th is Europe Day. A declaration was delivered by Robert Scheman on this day in 1950, 5 years after the end of WWII, remarking on the peace and unity of all Europeans.   This day fosters the understanding and importance of a unified and peaceful Europe. The European Union was set up with the objective of eliminating the frequent wars between nations within Europe. The six founding countries are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. In 1957, the Treaty of Rome created the European Economic Community (EEC), or ‘Common Market’.

The Euro. In 1999, the Euro (€) was introduced as the single currency within the EU, and officially adopted by 12 member states by 2002.  Today, 19 of the 28 member states have adopted the Euro: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

The EU motto: "United in diversity"

Schengen border-free area established in 1995, named after the “Schengen Agreement”, is a 26 nation member zone where borders between member countries are open to free movement, allowing over 400 million nationals of the member countries the freedom of traveling border-control free within and across the area’s member states. This border-free movement, allows residents and citizens passport-free travel throughout. Interestingly, 3 of the member countries of the Schengen Agreement are not part of the European Union: Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.

Would Winston Churchill be proud today?

In 1946, one of the founding fathers of the European Union, Winston Churchill delivered a speech in Zurich, in which he advocated the notion of a “United States of Europe” urging Europeans to turn their backs on the horrors of the past and look towards the future. He declared that Europe could not afford to carry the hatred and revenge which sprung from the past, and to recreate the ‘European family’.  

On May 9th, people across the European Union celebrate this remarkable day in history as Europeans. 

The motto in all official EU languages

  • Bulgarian: Обединен в многообразието
  • Croatian: Ujedinjeni u različitosti
  • Czech: Jednotná v rozmanitosti
  • Danish: Forenet i mangfoldighed
  • Dutch: In verscheidenheid verenigd
  • English: United in diversity
  • Estonian: Ühinenud mitmekesisuses
  • Finnish: Moninaisuudessaan yhtenäinen
  • French: Unie dans la diversité
  • German: In Vielfalt geeint
  • Greek: Ενωμένοι στην πολυμορφία
  • Hungarian: Egység a sokféleségben
  • Irish: Ní ceart go cur le chéile
  • Italian: Unita nella diversità
  • Latvian: Vienota dažādībā
  • Lithuanian: Suvienijusi įvairovę
  • Maltese: Magħquda fid-diversità
  • Polish: Zjednoczona w różnorodności
  • Portuguese: Unida na diversidade
  • Romanian: Uniţi în diversitate
  • Slovak: Zjednotení v rozmanitosti
  • Slovene: Združena v raznolikosti
  • Spanish: Unida en la diversidad
  • Swedish: Förenade i mångfalden

The European Union: United in Diversity

Happy EU Day!

 

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April

World Book Day - El Dia del Libro

23 April 2017 Fun Facts

World Book Day - El Dia del Libro

Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died on this day in 1616. 

Miguel de Cervantes’ influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often regarded as “la lengua de Cervantes”.  Don Quixote, a classic Spanish literature, is considered to be the first modern European novel and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written.  To celebrate this day, Don Quixote is read during a two-day "read-a-thon" and the King of Spain presents the Miguel de Cervantes Prize  [a prestigious award honoring the lifetime achievement of an outstanding writer of the Spanish language, nominated by Association of Spanish Language Academies].

This day is also known as the Day of the Rose in Catalonia, and involves the exchange of gifts, roses or books in memory of Cervantes.

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"…

William Shakespeare's work has made a lasting impression on English literature. In the days of Shakespeare, English grammar, spelling and pronunciation were less standardized; his use of language helped shape modern English. Expressions such as "with bated breath" (Merchant of Venice) and "a foregone conclusion" (Othello) have found their way into modern English speech.

Interestingly, the UK celebrates World Book day in March, rather than in April, to avoid mixing the holiday with St. George’s Day (although in Catalonia, they combine all three into a day’s celebration).

The son of a Spanish conquistador and an Inca noblewoman, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, aka El Inca, is recognized primarily for his literary account of Inca history, culture, and society. His work was influential, well-received, and notable as the one of the first literary works by an author born in the Americas. El Inca produced chronicles of the Inca culture and Spanish conquest, as well as an account of Hernando de Soto's expedition in Florida. His works are considered to have great literary as well as historical value.

To honor this day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has proclaimed this day as World Book Day : 

"...to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. 

Go gift a book and a rose to someone special today!

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