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International Spanish and English Language Day

Last updated on April 12th, 2023 at 11:41 am

On April 23rd we celebrate the Spanish Language Day in commemoration of the death of one of the most important and influential novelist, poet and playwright, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra author of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, whose work is considered among the most important in the world’s literature.

Cervantes died in Madrid, on April 23rd 1616. That same day and year, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (Peruvian historian and writer) died in CΓ³rdoba, Spain. The death of these two eminent writers coincides with the date of William Shakespeare’s death (reason why the UNESCO declared this day as the English Language Day). However, both deaths did not occur on the same day because Britain was still using the Julian calendar, whereas Spain had already adopted the Gregorian calendar.

Still, in honor of this coincidence, UNESCO established this date as the International Day of the BookΒ in 1995, and the Spanish and English Language to promote reading, publishing and protection of intellectual property through copyright.

Jackie Ruffolo
Jackie Ruffolo
Jackie was born in Venezuela and has a BS in computer engineering. As President of JR Language, she spends time researching new technology and productivity tools for the Company. She holds a certificate of Localization and Project Management- Localization. Through her many years of experience working in multilingual corporate environments, she understands firsthand the value of bridging language barriers in creating smooth communication that allows for productive and happy work environments. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and is a frequent contributor to both our English and Spanish blogs. 20 Years of experience in marketing Jackie loves nature and to be outdoors.