When is International Mother Language Day and Why Do We Celebrate It?

  • Publish date: Thursday، 15 February 2024 Last update: Friday، 16 February 2024
When is International Mother Language Day and Why Do We Celebrate It?

International Mother Language Day is an important day celebrated around the world on February 21st each year. But why do we celebrate it, and what does it mean? Let's dive into the details of this special day and explore its significance.

Language Diversity: Celebrating the world

History Behind International Mother Language Day

The history of International Mother Language Day is rooted in a powerful story of language rights and cultural identity. It all started in 1952 in Bangladesh, then known as East Pakistan, where people protested against the government's decision to impose Urdu as the sole official language. This led to a tragic event on February 21st, now known as the Language Movement Martyrs' Day, where many brave souls sacrificed their lives fighting for their right to speak their mother language, Bengali.

It felt like history itself

UNESCO's Recognition

In recognition of this historic event, UNESCO declared February 21st as International Mother Language Day in 1999. The aim is to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and to encourage the preservation and protection of all languages, especially those that are endangered.

Multilingualism and technology in education

Why Celebrate International Mother Language Day?

Celebrating International Mother Language Day is important for several reasons. Firstly, it raises awareness about the importance of linguistic diversity and the need to protect and preserve languages from extinction. Language is not just a means of communication; it is deeply tied to our identity, culture, and heritage. By celebrating our mother languages, we celebrate who we are and where we come from.

International Mother Language Day: World remembers martyrs who laid down  their lives for recognition of Bangla - News Nation English

Global Observances

International Mother Language Day is celebrated in many different ways around the world. In Bangladesh, it is a national holiday, and people pay tribute to the Language Movement Martyrs by laying flowers at the Shaheed Minar, the Martyrs' Monument. Cultural events, music performances, and poetry recitations are also held to honor the occasion.

Say “Happy International Mother Language Day” in your mother language -  InterCardiff

Educational Initiatives

Another important aspect of International Mother Language Day is its emphasis on promoting multilingual education. UNESCO encourages countries to adopt policies that support teaching and learning in mother languages, as this has been shown to improve educational outcomes and preserve cultural heritage.

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