English Language Day on April 23: Know significance, history and aim

English Language day is celebrated on April 23 annually to commemorate the birth, as well as, date of death of well known writer William Shakespeare.

As the result of a 2010 initiative taken by the Department of Global Communications, April 23 has been celebrated as the English Language Day.

The UN’s language days aims at celebrating multilingualism and cultural diversity and to promote equal use of all six official languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, throughout the Organization.

Centuries back, it was only 3 tribes which conversed in English however now the language speaking population has grown by leaps and bounds.

Although there is no public holiday announced on the day, it is celebrated internationally as the UN Observance Day to promote harmonious communication. Interestingly, World Book and Copyright Day is observed on this day too.

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