National Shakespeare Day  

By Lelodwa Ngamlana 

Did you know that historians believe that the timeless William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd of April 1564 and that he died exactly on his birthday at the age of fifty-two?  Well now you do. 

According to various sources, we should all be celebrating and remembering him on this day, hence the 23rd of April is National Shakespeare Day. It has been celebrated for many years and there have been talks regarding national workshops to educate people about his life and this day.

There are many things that you can do to participate in celebration of this day. Like visiting Google and learning about his biography, his journey and how he came about publishing his work. You can even read through his sonnets (a medium in South African high schools) or celebrate your talents by designing something like a poem, painting or literary piece and share it on social media using the relevant hashtags.

Whatever you choose  to do on this day, remember that it is important to honour his role and contributions to the literary world and how he inspired others and invented new English words.

Photo credit: Folger SHAKESPEARELIBRARY

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