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UN Arabic Language Day 2021: History, Theme, Celebrations and observance of this International Day

Arabic is one such popular language of the world with more than 430 million people speaking the language.

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UN Arabic Language Day 2021: History, Theme, Celebrations and observance of this International Day

UN Arabic Language Day has been celebrated annually on December 18th of each year. Language doesn’t end as a communication tool, and rather it is a symbol of culture and heritage. Arabic is one such popular language of the world with more than 430 million people speaking the language.

It is also the language of 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. The Arabic language is found to have a long history and tradition, and UNESCO has recognized it. Thus, the UN Arabic Language Day celebrates the language, its history, and people speaking it.

History of UN Arabic Language Day:

The UN Arabic Language Day has been celebrated since the year 2010. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has established this celebration Day. It is also called the World Arabic Language Day (WALD). December 18 was precisely chosen as it was on this date in 1973, the General Assembly has approved Arabic as an official UN language.

Arabic is one among the six official languages of the United Nations. In seeking to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and to promote equal use of all of the six official working languages throughout the organization, UNESCO has established this Day.

It is one of the modern languages that is written and read in a right-to-left form. Arabic is a name related to the descendants of the 6th century Classical Arabic language.

How to Celebrate UN Arabic Language Day:

Indulge yourself in learning the Arabic language. Of course, learning this language needs lots of patience and interest. If you already know the Arabic language, then you can spread its importance and history to other people. Participate in the events conducted by the government and other organizations.

Improve your knowledge by speaking with Arabic writers and poets. Start writing poems and stories in Arabic to attain more fluency in the language. Share your poems along with the celebration pictures on social media using the hashtag #UNArabicLanguageDay.

How to observe UN Arabic Language Day:

Each year, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris hold roundtable discussions to talk about issues related to the Arabic language. Many countries host cultural events on this day.

These events highlight the history and culture of the Arabic language. Seminars, conferences, lectures, and workshops showcase current developments in Arabic literature. To practice using the Arabic language, schools hold short story and poetry contests.

To participate:

  • Take an online Arabic language test
  • Find someone who speaks Arabic and have them read something to you in their language
  • Commit to learning the Arabic language
  • Learn about the Arab culture (the word Arab means nomad)
  • Read books to understand the Arab world including The Arabs, Zaat, and The Arabian Nights.

Theme of UN Arabic Language Day:

World Arabic Language Day 2021: Arabic Language, a bridge between civilisations. This year’s World Arabic Language Day theme “Arabic Language, a bridge between civilisations” is a call to reaffirm the important role of the Arabic language in connecting people through culture, science, literature and many more domains.

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