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International Mother Language Day: 21 February

International Mother Language Day: 21 February

February 21 is celebrated as the International Mother Language Day worldwide, as declared by the United Nations in 2000.

The annual observance is marked to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism.

Significance

The day is known as Bhasha Dibas or Shahid Dibas in West Bengal and Bangladesh for more than six decades now.

The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was an initiative of Bangladesh.

21st February is the anniversary of the day when Bangladeshis fought for recognition for the Bangla language in erstwhile West Pakistan.

The song, Amaar bhayer rokte rangano Ekushe February/Aami ki bhulte pari… (My brothers gave their blood for 21 February/Can I forget…)” remembers the sacrifice made for Bangla, the mother tongue for Bengalis.

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