Arabic Current Affairs - 2020

April 23: English Language Day; Spanish Language Day

Every year, April 23 is celebrated as English Language Day. The Spanish Language Day is celebrated on the same day as well. English is one of the two working languages of the United Nations. The Day is also celebrated as World Book Day.


The Day is celebrated as English Language Day to observe both birth and death anniversary of William Shakespeare. The day is an initiative by the Department of Global Communications. Language Days are observed for each of the six official languages of the UN.

The six official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, English, Chinese, Spanish and Russian.

Other Language Days

The other official language days celebrated by the United Nations are as follows

  • December 18: Arabic Language Day
  • April 20: Chinese Language Day
  • April 23: English Language Day
  • June 6: Russian Language Day
  • March 20: French Language Day
  • April 23: Spanish Language Day.

Spanish Language Day

The Spanish Language Day was established by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

April 20: UN Chinese Language Day

Every year, on April 20, the United Nations Chinese Language Day is observed. The day is observed to pay tribute to Cangjie. Cangjie is a mythical figure who invented Chinese Characters.

The first UN Chinese Language Day was observed in 2010.

About Cangjie

The legend in China is believed to have four eyes. Also, it is believed that when the legend invented the Chinese characters the deities and ghosts cried and millet rain occurred.

United Nations

The United Nations celebrate Language days to celebrate cultural diversity and multilingualism. The Chinese language was set as one of the official languages in the United Nations in 1946. However, Chinese was included as the working language in the UN in 1971.

Official Language of the UN

There are six official languages of the UN. They are Arabic, English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and French.

Working language of the UN

Initially, English and French were established as working languages of the UN. Later, other languages such as Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Spanish were added to the list.