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International Mother language Day

Category : Activities | Sub Category : International events Posted on 2020-10-16 23:59:48

International Mother language Day

21 February was announced to be the International Mother Language Day by UNESCO in 1999. It has been noticed throughout the world since 21 February 2000. The declaration came up in respect to the Language Movement done by the Bangladeshis (then the East Pakistanis). 

The main objective of celebrating this day is to encourage the cognizance of language and cultural diversity all across the ocean. Languages are the most powerful way to develop and preserve culture and to encourage it all across the world.

International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance to promote multilingualism. First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, it was formally identify by the United Nations General Assembly with the acceptance of UN resolution 56/262 Multilingualism in 2002. Mother Language Day is part of a wide initiative to promote the protection and preservation of all languages used by humans of the universe as adopted by the UN General Assembly on 16 May 2007 in UN resolution 61/266, which also accepted 2008 as the International Year of Languages. The idea to welcome International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. In Bangladesh 21 February is the anniversary of the day when Bangladeshis fought for acknowledgement for the Bangla language.

Mother tongue is marked as the first language that a human learns and the language used in that persons native country. A true example of mother tongue is English for someone born in USA. The language one first learned, the language one grow up with; ones home language. The language spoken by ones ancestors.

The 2020 International Mother Language Day edition will present to promoting social inclusion and peaceful dialogue. The 2020 theme is Languages without borders. Respect and Recognition of linguistic and cultural diversity contribute to strengthening the unity and cohesion of societies.

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