French Language Day

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French Language Day, observed globally, showcases the richness of the French language and its global influence. This observance aims to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity, highlighting the significance of the French language as a tool for communication and understanding. With more than 220 million speakers worldwide, French is recognized as one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

The United Nations established French Language Day in 2010, following the model of the “Francophonie” celebrations marked in numerous countries worldwide. French, known as the language of enlightenment, is particularly significant in India, where its influence traces back to the colonial epoch. For example, in regions like Puducherry, a former French colony, the language has left an indelible imprint on the culture and literature. Furthermore, due to the increasing collaboration between India and Francophone countries in areas like trade, technology, and education, learning French is becoming a preferred choice among Indians, especially students.

In India, French Language Day is celebrated by connoisseurs and students alike, who mark the day with an array of cultural and linguistic activities. These include theatrical performances, poetry readings, singing French songs, and organizing debates and workshops in French. Language institutes like Alliance Francaise, that have presence in many Indian cities, also organise various French-centric events to commemorate this day. Schools and colleges offering French studies may conduct special sessions to pay tribute to the influence and beauty of the French language. French Language Day is typically celebrated around the world, including in India, on March 20.

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Facts about French Language Day

  • According to the U.N, French is the 5th most spoken language in the world. It has over 300 million speakers.
  • Decentered, multiplied, creolized as rejoiced Édouard Glissant, the French language is today spoken by nearly 300 million speakers. On this International Day of Francophonie, it is this diversity of destinies, gathered in the language that we share, that we are invited to celebrate - Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, French Language Day 2018

Top things to do in India for French Language Day

  • Learn how you can support the International Organization of La Francophonie. La Francophonie is an organization that promotes French and aims to implement political, educational, economic, and cultural cooperation within its 88 states and governments.

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