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Chinese Language Day

 Chinese Language Day

Date When Celebrated : Always April 20

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. (UNESCO) recognizes six languages as official languages of the UN. They are six of the most spoken languages in the world.  Chinese is one of these six languages. In recognition and celebration of these languages, each one was given a special holiday. Chinese Language Day is today, April 20.


Chinese Language Day was created by UNESCO. The goal for this day, is to celebrate multilingual and cultural diversity, and to recognize and celebrate Chinese as one of the six official languages of the United Nations. This special holiday also pays tribute to Cang Jie, a legendary figure who invented Chinese characters over 5,000 years ago.

Chinese is the native language of over 1 billion people. There are over 200 dialects of Chinese, with many so diverse, that they could be considered their own language group. The most common of these is Mandarin, which is the official language (or dialect) of the People's Republic of China. It is also widely spoken in Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. After Mandarin, the most commonly spoken Chinese languages, or dialects, are: Wu, Shanghainese, Hongkongese, and Cantonese.


UNESCO Language Days

The six language days established by UNESCO are:

Language: Celebrated On: Comment:
Arabic December 18 On this day in 1973, the UN General Assembly adopted Arabic as the sixth official UN language.
Chinese April 20 Pays tribute to Cang Jie, a legendary figure who invented Chinese characters over 5,000 years ago.
English April 23 Both the birth and death date of William Shakespeare
French March 20 Commemorates the founding anniversary of the Organisation international de la Francophonie.
Russian June 6 Honors the birthday of Alexander Pushkin, the father of Russian literature.
Spanish April 23 Honors Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Don Miguel Cervantes Saavedra, died on April 23.

China Language Day Dragon



Origin of "Chinese Language Day":

Chinese Language Day was created by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010.

What happened on this Day? This Day in History

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Flower of the Day:  Chinese Lantern

Recipe of the Day: Ginger Beef Stir Fry

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