English Language Day Current Affairs - 2020

June 6: Russian Language Day

Every year, on June 6, the United Nations celebrated Russian Language Day. This was established by the UNESCO in 2010.

Why June 6?

The Russian Language Day is celebrated on the birth day of Aleksandr Pushkin. He was a Russian Poet and is considered as the father of modern Russian literature.

Aleksandr Pushkin

The poet published his first poem when he was 15 years old. He was born to Russian nobility in Moscow. The most famous poem of Pushkin was Ode to Liberty that led to his exile.

UN Language Days

The United Nations Language Days were launched in February 2010 to celebrate cultural diversity and multilingualism. The UN Language days promote six of the official languages of the organization. The official languages of the United Nations are English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and French. They are celebrated on

  • Arabic-December 18
  • English-April 23
  • Chinese-April 20
  • French-March 20
  • Russia-June 6

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.

Highlights

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)