International Mother Language Day: Celebration and Signification

International Mother Language Day: Celebration and Signification

We all love the language English. Isn't it? We flaunt our vocabulary with pride. We love to use jargon as we speak. Quotes and captions keep us inspired. But when it comes to expressing our deepest and true emotions we do it in our mother language. Have you wondered why? Because no matter how much we take pride in English our mother language remains close to our hearts.


To promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism International Mother Language Day is held on the 21st of February every year. First announced by UNESCO on 17th November 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly with the adoption of UN resolution in 2002.


"Mother language day is part of a broader initiative to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world" as adopted by the UN General Assembly on 16th May 2007. This idea was an initiative of Bangladesh.


Languages are the most powerful instruments for preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world. and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue. - From the United Nations Mother Language Day website.


As a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi\"s Digital India initiative, digitized content will be made available in the country\"s 22 scheduled languages and extended to India\"s other 234 recognised languages. Digitisation began in June 2016 through the Bharatavani project at the Central Institute of Indian Languages in Mysore and by February 2017 content in 60 languages was made available free of cost.



The linguapax prize is awarded annually on IMLD by the Linguapax Institute in Barcelona. The prize recognizes outstanding achievements in the preservation of linguistic diversity and the promotion of multilingualism.


This International Mother Language Day lets us express our love for our mother language and flaunt it with style and pride.

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