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World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

Every 21 March is World Poetry Day. It is a day to encourage people to read, write, teach, and publish poetry and to recognise the great cultural contribution poetry makes to human society.

YearDateDayHoliday
202121 MarSunWorld Poetry Day
202221 MarMonWorld Poetry Day
202321 MarTueWorld Poetry Day
202421 MarThuWorld Poetry Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

World Poetry Day was declared by UNESCO in 1999. Each year, UNESCO meets and focuses on some particular poet and his or her works. Often, the spotlight is cast on poetry written in a minority or even rare and endangered language. Poetry recitals and similar events may also be held in various countries in recognition of the day.

Schools may have special poetry writing sessions or even contests, poets may be invited to recite their works in local cafes, and exhibits may put famous or new, local written poetic creations on display.

While World Poetry Day is on 21 March, it used to be in October, and some countries still observe it then.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202021 MarSatWorld Poetry Day
201921 MarThuWorld Poetry Day
201821 MarWedWorld Poetry Day
201721 MarTueWorld Poetry Day