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French Language Day, an internationally recognized observance, celebrates the richness, versatility, and global influence of the French language. It honours linguistic diversity and multilingualism, acknowledging the cultural, historical, and economic significance of the French language and its key role within the United Nations. Notably, it promotes the use of French alongside other languages, encouraging the participation of both French-speaking and non-French speaking individuals in initiatives that illuminate its multifaceted relevance and impact.
The United Nations formally proclaimed French Language Day in 2010 as part of a broader effort to celebrate linguistic diversity and promote equal use of all six of its official working languages. For South Africa, a country renowned for its multiculturalism and linguistic plurality, French Language Day represents the recognition of the approximately 210,000 South Africans who speak French, and the indirect relationship the country has with francophone nations through shared membership in organizations such as the African Union. The day also emphasises the importance of French as a strategic secondary language choice in South African education and business sectors, given its prevalence in international diplomacy, academia and commerce.
In South Africa, French Language Day is observed in various ways from academic institutions to cultural centres. Activities range from French language and culture workshops, educational seminars, cooking classes featuring French cuisine, to film screenings and book festivals spotlighting francophone literature. These observances stand as evidence of the growing visibility and appeal of French language and culture in South Africa. Although French Language Day is marked internationally on March 20th each year, the events in South Africa may vary to accommodate specific local schedules and academic calendars.
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