While the Cervantes Institute of Rome was busy reading Don Quixote aloud to celebrate World Book Day, a much larger group on the the other side of the planet was reciting a much more popular (albeit shorter) book. A record 13,839 people read part of the Daodejing (Tao te ching) together aloud in a stadium in Hong Kong.
The Daodejing is the world’s second-most popular book (no prizes for guessing the first) and is the foundational text of Daoism (Taoism), a nature-based Chinese philosophical system that I am particularly fond of. What is lovely about this event is that leaders of other faiths also participated in the reading. To read the full story and see more photos, go to China.org.cn; Reuters also has a video of the event. For a beautiful online presentation of the Daodejing, try The Big View.