International Translation Day

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2024 Date30 September 2024
2025 Date30 September 2025

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International Translation Day is an annual observance that aims to bring attention to the essential role language professionals play in global communication and the preservation of linguistic diversity. From fostering understanding between cultures to enhancing access to education and information, these experts contribute significantly to the spread of knowledge and ideas. Additionally, translation and interpretation are key to many industries, such as tourism, diplomacy, and international trade.

This special day was established in 1953 by the International Federation of Translators (FIT) and has since been observed worldwide. For Australians, International Translation Day carries added significance as the nation is home to more than 300 linguistic groups, highlighting the need for translation and interpretation services in bridging communication gaps. In 2017, the United Nations General Assembly officially recognised the observance and further underscored the essential role of language professionals in the global exchange of information.

International Translation Day is observed in Australia through various events and activities that celebrate the contributions of translators and interpreters. Educational institutions, as well as professional associations like the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), recognise the day by engaging in workshops, seminars, and conferences aimed at raising awareness and promoting the profession. International Translation Day occurs annually on September 30th, coinciding with the feast day of St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators, who was known for his translation of the Bible into Latin in the 4th century.

International Translation Day facts

  • The theme of International Translation Day in 2023 was Translation unveils the many faces of humanity.
  • In 2023, the global translation industry was valued at around $39 billion.
  • St. Jerome was the first person to translate the Bible into Latin from the original Hebrew, making it accessible to a larger audience.
  • The language services industry in Australia, which includes translation, interpretation, and localization, is worth over AUD 1 billion annually.
  • Early European explorers, such as Captain James Cook, relied on the translation and interpreting skills of Indigenous guides like Tupaia, a Tahitian priest and navigator, who played an essential role in communicating with Indigenous communities during Cook's first voyage to Australia in 1770.

Top things to do in Australia for International Translation Day

  • Share appreciation for translators and interpreters by posting messages of support and recognition on social media platforms using relevant hashtags.
  • Organize or participate in networking events to connect with fellow translators, interpreters, and language professionals.

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