SPANISH LANGUAGE DAY
Spanish Language Day is recognized annually on April 23 and pays tribute to the author Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra.
Around the world, there are over 400 million people who speak Spanish. It’s the second most spoken language in the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Express yourself in Spanish. Celebrate the Spanish language and its contributions to other languages. Use #SpanishLanguageDay to share on social media.
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 of the languages. The U.N. selected April 23 for Spanish Language Day commemorating the celebrated Spanish author and poet, Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra. His magnificent novel, Don Quixote, has been translated into more than 60 languages. Spanish Language Day honors the day of Cervantes death on April 23, 1616.
The six days recognized include French Language Day on March 20, Chinese Language Day on April 20, English Language Day on April 23, Spanish Language Day on April 23 Russian Language Day on June 6, 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.
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