Shakespeare's Birthday

Shakespeare's (William) Birthday

April 23
No one really knows the exact date of William Shakespeare's birth, although he was baptized on April 26, 1564, and died on April 23, 1616. April 23 is also St. George's Day, and this may be why it was decided to observe the birth of England's greatest poet and dramatist on the feast day of England's patron saint. Special pageants are held at Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, where Shakespeare was born and where thousands of tourists go each year to see his plays performed.
CONTACTS:
Stratford-upon-Avon Tourist Information Center
Bridgefoot
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6GW United Kingdom
44-17-8929-3127; fax: 44-17-8929-5262
www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk
The Shakespeare Centre
Henley St.
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW United Kingdom
44-17-8920-4016; fax: 44-17-8926-3138
www.shakespeare.org.uk
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 308
BkDays-1864, vol. I, p. 542
DictDays-1988, p. 109
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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