Yesterday saw a flood of schoolchildren wending through the streets of Motril to celebrate the World Book Day.
The Policía Local were out in force to handle the flow of around 3,000 kids, comprised of pupils from all of the local schools, through the streets.
The kids were accompanied not only by their teachers, but also their parents in some cases.
Quoting from Wikipedia: The first World Book Day was celebrated on 23 April in 1995, and continues to be recognised on that day. A related event in the United Kingdom and Ireland is observed in March.
The original idea was conceived in 1922 by Vicente Clavel, director of Cervantes publishing house in Barcelona, as a way to honour the author, Miguel de Cervantes and boost the sales of books. It was first celebrated on 7 October 1926, Cervantes’ birthday, before being moved to his death date, 23 April, in 1930.
The celebration continues with great popularity in Catalonia, where it is referred to as Sant Jordi’s Day or The Day of Books and Roses.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: Maria-Claire Richardson)