English Language Day 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)

English Language Day: 23 April

23 April is observed as English Language Day every year. 23rd April was chosen as the English Language Day to commemorate both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare.

The English Language Day was the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information which had sought to establish language days for each of the Organization’s six official languages.

UN Languages Day

The purpose of the UN’s language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization.

Under the initiative of UN Language Days, UN celebrates six separate days, each dedicated to one of the Organization’s six official languages viz.

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

Language Days were instituted by the UN with an aim to entertain as well as inform, with the goal of increasing awareness and respect for the history, culture and achievements of each of the six working languages among the UN community.