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International Mother Language Day 2023: Why Is It Celebrated? History, Significance And Theme Of This Day

Mother Language Day, which is observed annually on February 21 to honour linguistic, cultural, and multilingual diversity. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved the idea of celebrating International Mother Language Day in 1999.

Bangladesh took the initiative to create the day, which has been observed globally since 1999, according to the UNESCO website.. Diversity in culture and language is essential for stable societies. On this day, we honour and remember the historical language movement as well as the martyrs who gave their lives in Bangladesh in 1952. This day, also known as “Matribhasha Diwas,” is widely observed and celebrated.

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The History and Significance of International Mother Language Day 2023

This day honours languages and multilingualism as effective forces for advancing social inclusion and the welfare of the entire world. Equity for all is a long-term development goal that is promoted. A United Nations Day was established in 2002 with the backing of the UN General Assembly. In this resolution, the United Nations General Assembly calls on its members to take steps to safeguard all languages used around the world. An important part of bringing a message across is language.

Theme for the 2023 International Mother Language Day

There is no set topic for International Mother Language Day in 2023. The theme for 2021 was “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society. While the theme for 2022 was “Using technology for multilingual learning: Challenges and Opportunities.”


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