Chinese Language Day - April 20.

Through the development of language, the human race made advancements in culture and civilization. On April 20th, explore the progress the written and spoken word have made through the observance of Chinese Language Day.

Like most languages, Chinese has a diverse collection of dialects that add to the depth and character of the language. Of the seven major modern dialects, Mandarin is the most widely spoken. Language plays a dynamic role in culture and history, and it records our achievements. At 6,000 years old, the Chinese language is the oldest written language in the world.

In 2010, the United Nations named six language days in recognition of the six official languages of the U.N. and to bring attention to the history, culture, and achievements of each.

The United Nations selected April 20 for Chinese Language Day as the date commemorates Gu Yu (or “Grain Rain”) one of the 24 solar terms of the Chinese culture. During this period, rain brings the rapid growth of grain. It also honors the Chinese ancestor, Cang Jie, who is credited with creating the beautifully written Chinese language.

The six days recognized include French Language Day on March 20, Chinese Language Day on April 20, English Language Day on April 23, Russian Language Day on June 6, Spanish Language Day on October 12, and Arabic Language Day on December 18. The U.N. also celebrates International Mother Language Day on February 21 and International Translation Day on September 30.

Source: www.un.org


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