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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY

When is International Mother Language Day in 2019?

International Mother Language Day in 2019 is on the Thursday, 21st of Feb (2/21/2019).

International Mother Language Day is on the 52nd day of 2019. There are 313 days left in the year.

International Mother Language Day Facts

  • Date: Feb 21, 2019
  • International
  • Also Called: Mother Language Day
  • Celebrations:
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International Mother Language Day is celebrated every year on 21st February. The main purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the awareness of language and cultural diversity all across the world. It was first announced by UNESCO on November 17, 1999. Since then it is being celebrated every year. The date represents the day 21st February 1952 when four young students were killed in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, because of Bengali and Urdu language controversy. Languages are the most powerful way to preserve and develop culture and to promote it all across the world. Because of this unfortunate incident, International Mother Language Day is celebrated in all over the world, while it is a public holiday in Bangladesh.

In 1947 at the time of partition of Pakistan, the province Bengal was divided into two parts: the western part became India and the eastern part is known as East Bengal which was later known as East Pakistan. At that time there were many economic, social and cultural issues including linguistic issue. In 1948 when government announced Urdu as the national language it sparked the protest among the Bengali speaking majority of Pakistan. The protest got out of control and ended with the death of four protestors of the University of Dhaka who were shot by the police. The students' deaths during the fight for their mother language are now remembered as The International Mother Language Day.

The Shaheed Minar in Dhaka pays respect to those four protestors killed for the sake of their mother language. An International Mother Language Day monument was constructed at Ashfield Park in Sydney, Australia. Here we can see the images of Shaheed Minar and the globe on the face of the stone with the words "we will remember the martyr of 21st February" written on it in both Bengali and English languages.

On International Mother Language Day UNESCO and other UN agencies take part in the events to promote cultural and linguistic diversity all around the world. They appreciate and encourage people to be knowledgeable about their mother language and provide them with awareness regarding the promotion of their language and culture towards other countries. In Bangladesh on International Mother Language Day people go to Shaheed Minar to pay tribute to the martyr of 21st February and sprinkle flowers on the monument. This is a time for Bangladeshis to celebrate their culture, traditions and their Bengali national language. The prizes are given to those who made outstanding performance in language and cultural diversity.

International Mother Language Day is celebrated in memory of the four students who were killed while fighting for their mother language and is celebrated to tell them that we will never forget their sacrifices.

International Mother Language Day Observances

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01Global Family Day
ThursdayThuJan 04, 2018Jan 04World Braille Day
ThursdayThuJan 11, 2018Jan 11International Thank-You Day
TuesdayTueJan 30, 2018Jan 30World Leprosy Day
MondayMonFeb 12, 2018Feb 12Darwin Day
WednesdayWedFeb 21, 2018Feb 21International Mother Language Day
ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2018Feb 22World Thinking Day
ThursdayThuMar 01, 2018Mar 01International Day of the Seal
ThursdayThuMar 08, 2018Mar 08International Women's Day
TuesdayTueMar 20, 2018Mar 20World Frog Day
WednesdayWedMar 21, 2018Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
ThursdayThuMar 22, 2018Mar 22World Water Day
FridayFriMar 23, 2018Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SaturdaySatMar 24, 2018Mar 24Earth Hour
SaturdaySatMar 24, 2018Mar 24World TB Day
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 07, 2018Apr 07World Health Day
ThursdayThuApr 12, 2018Apr 12Yuri's Night
TuesdayTueApr 17, 2018Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SaturdaySatApr 21, 2018Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
SundaySunApr 22, 2018Apr 22Earth Day
MondayMonApr 23, 2018Apr 23World Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 25, 2018Apr 25World Penguin Day
WednesdayWedApr 25, 2018Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuMay 03, 2018May 03World Press Freedom Day
SaturdaySatMay 05, 2018May 05International Midwives Day
TuesdayTueMay 08, 2018May 08World Red Cross Day
ThursdayThuMay 10, 2018May 10World Lupus Day
SaturdaySatMay 12, 2018May 12International Nurses Day
SundaySunMay 13, 2018May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
TuesdayTueMay 15, 2018May 15International Day of Families
FridayFriMay 18, 2018May 18International Museum Day
MondayMonMay 21, 2018May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
TuesdayTueMay 22, 2018May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 23, 2018May 23World Turtle Day
ThursdayThuMay 24, 2018May 24World Schizophrenia Day
ThursdayThuMay 24, 2018May 24Red Nose Day
FridayFriMay 25, 2018May 25Towel Day
ThursdayThuMay 31, 2018May 31World No-Tobacco Day
SundaySunJun 03, 2018Jun 03World Bicycle Day
TuesdayTueJun 05, 2018Jun 05World Environment Day
FridayFriJun 08, 2018Jun 08World Ocean Day
ThursdayThuJun 14, 2018Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SaturdaySatJun 16, 2018Jun 16International Day of the African Child
SundaySunJun 17, 2018Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
WednesdayWedJun 20, 2018Jun 20World Refugee Day
ThursdayThuJun 21, 2018Jun 21International Yoga Day
TuesdayTueJun 26, 2018Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
WednesdayWedJul 11, 2018Jul 11World Population Day
MondayMonJul 16, 2018Jul 16World Snake Day
SaturdaySatJul 28, 2018Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 05, 2018Aug 05International Friendship Day
WednesdayWedAug 08, 2018Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
ThursdayThuAug 09, 2018Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
FridayFriAug 10, 2018Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
SundaySunAug 12, 2018Aug 12International Youth Day
MondayMonAug 13, 2018Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
TuesdayTueAug 14, 2018Aug 14World Lizard Day
ThursdayThuAug 23, 2018Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SaturdaySatSep 08, 2018Sep 08International Literacy Day
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SaturdaySatSep 15, 2018Sep 15Software Freedom Day
SaturdaySatSep 15, 2018Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 16, 2018Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
WednesdayWedSep 19, 2018Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
FridayFriSep 21, 2018Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SaturdaySatSep 22, 2018Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SaturdaySatSep 29, 2018Sep 29Inventors Day
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01International Music Day
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
WednesdayWedOct 03, 2018Oct 03World Temperance Day
ThursdayThuOct 04, 2018Oct 04World Animal Day
FridayFriOct 05, 2018Oct 05World Teacher's Day
WednesdayWedOct 10, 2018Oct 10World Mental Health Day
TuesdayTueOct 16, 2018Oct 16World Food Day
WednesdayWedOct 17, 2018Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
WednesdayWedOct 24, 2018Oct 24United Nations Day
MondayMonOct 29, 2018Oct 29International Internet Day
ThursdayThuNov 08, 2018Nov 08World Town Planning Day
FridayFriNov 16, 2018Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
MondayMonNov 19, 2018Nov 19World Toilet Day
WednesdayWedNov 21, 2018Nov 21World Television Day
SundaySunNov 25, 2018Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
FridayFriNov 30, 2018Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SaturdaySatDec 01, 2018Dec 01World Aids Day
SundaySunDec 02, 2018Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
WednesdayWedDec 05, 2018Dec 05International Volunteers Day
FridayFriDec 07, 2018Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
MondayMonDec 10, 2018Dec 10Human Rights Day