February 21 is Observed as International Mother Language Day


21 February is observed as International Mother Language Day (Bhasha Divas) across the world. Importance of Day: The main objective behind observance of this day is to promote awareness of linguistic, multilingualism and cultural diversity.

  • And also to show importance of mother language as the greatest weapon to express one’s feeling.
  • Mother Language of one country is denoting the independence of that country.

2016 Theme:

  • “Quality education, language (s) of instruction and learning outcomes”.
  • This is 16th anniversary of International Mother Language Day.

Bangladesh Connection

  • This day is most memories day for Bangladesh because in 1952 Pakistani army has scores the people (activists), mostly students and teachers of the Dhaka University, were mercilessly shot down in erstwhile East Pakistan.
  • Because Bangladesh has not imposition Urdu as the national language side-stepping Bengali – their mother tongue and the protest came to be known as Language Movement.

About International Mother Language Day

  • To promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism UNESCO member states is observe it annually.
  • UNESCO has announced this day in 1999 and in 2007 it was formally established by resolution 61/266 of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that had proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 22, 2016