Spanish Language Day

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Spanish Language Day is a significant observance that aims to promote multiculturalism and multilingualism, while also raising awareness and respect for the diverse languages and cultures worldwide. Of special significance in this day is the Spanish language, which is one of the most widely spoken languages. The day seeks to honour the Spanish language and its contribution to the cultural wealth of the world, as well as its role in fostering mutual understanding and cultural exchange.

Spanish Language Day was established in 2010 by the United Nations to acknowledge the Organization's six official languages, with the Spanish language sharing the day with other languages on different dates. For Canadians, Spanish Language Day carries additional relevance. Canada is a culturally diverse country, home to a large number of Spanish speakers attributed to immigration from Spanish-speaking countries. Also, Spanish has become a popular second language in Canada's educational institutions. Hence, the day has a profound significance in promoting language diversity and cultural respect in the country.

Spanish Language Day in Canada is generally marked by various cultural events, including language workshops, Spanish film screenings, music and dance performances, and exhibitions showcasing the art and literature from Spanish-speaking countries. Educational institutions, cultural organizations, and embassies play a pivotal role in hosting these events across the nation. While there is no set date specific to Canada for observing Spanish Language Day, the UN worldwide celebrates it on April 23rd, coinciding with the death date of the renowned Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Canadians typically align their observance with this date to participate in global recognition of the Spanish language and its rich cultural heritage.

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Facts about Spanish Language Day

  • According to Rosetta Stone, Spanish is the second most spoken language around the world with over 500 million speakers.
  • One of the most well-known and important works of the Spanish language is Miguel de Cervantes’ El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha).

Top things to do in Canada for Spanish Language Day

  • Watch the UN's webinar celebrating Spanish Language Day. The webinar focuses on raising awareness about gender-inclusive Spanish.
  • Learn Spanish, enjoy Spanish food and culture, or read Spanish works of literature.

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