International Mother Language Day

By Drum Digital
21 February 2015

The United Nations' (UN) International Mother Language Day annually celebrates language diversity and variety worldwide on February 21.

International Mother Language Day or IMLD is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.

It also remembers events such as the killing of four students on February 21, 1952, because they campaigned to officially use their mother language, Bengali, in Bangladesh.

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