International Translation Day 2020: International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30th September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible Translator who is known as the patron saint of the translators. International Federation of Translators (FIT) has been promoting International Translation Day since 1953. The idea of an officially recognized International Translation Day was introduced by FIT in the year 1991 to show solidarity of the translation community worldwide.
International Translation Day History
As mentioned above, the International Federation of Translators (FIT) was set up in 1953. In the year 1991 FIT launched the idea of celebrating International Translation Day for the recognition of the translation community globally. On 24th of May 2017, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring the 30th of September as International Translation Day.
International Translation Day Significance
The significance of International Translation Day is to recognize and appreciate the role of professional translation in nations connecting to each other. It is celebrated to display solidarity to the translation community worldwide. It is an effort to promote the profession of translation in different countries and not necessarily in Christian countries only. The translation is becoming an essential need in the progressive globalization era.
International Translation Day 2020 Theme
The theme of International Translation Day, 2020 is “Finding the words for a world in crisis”. Despite coronavirus crises, FIT is focussed to highlight the significance of translators, interpreters in managing the situations on the International scale, National scale, and local scale.
International Translation Day Quotes
“Words travel worlds. Translators do the driving”
“It is said that not everyone is a writer who knows how to write. In the same way, it’s not so simple that everyone who knows two languages can be a translator”
“A translation should be considered as a unique work of art and the translator should be considered an author”
“Translation is not a matter of words only; it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture”
“In the profession of translation, there is no such thing as an ideal, perfect, or correct form of translation. A translator always strives to extend his knowledge and to improve the means of expression; he always pursues the facts and words”
“Without translation been in existence, we would be probably living in provinces bordering on silence”
“If we are talking to a man in a language he understands, that will go to his head. But If we talk to him in his own language, that will go to his heart”
“As per UNESCO, about 40 percent of the 6700 languages spoken around the world are in danger of disappearing.
“Language and culture cannot be separated. Language is vital to understand our unique cultural perspectives. A language is a tool that is used to explore and experience our cultures and the perspectives that are embedded in our cultures.”
International Translation Day 2020 wishes
“Translation is that which transforms everything so nothing changes, wishing all the translators a very happy International Translation Day”
“A different language is a different origin of life”. Happy International Translation Day
“We have to understand each other to appreciate our cultural differences, for that wishing all the translators a very happy International Translation Day”
“As you continue building linguistic bridges together, we wish you a Happy International Translation Day”