International Mother Language Day has been celebrated every February 21st, since the year 2000. Originating out of Bangladesh, this date was selected, as it was the day that natives to the country fought for recognition of their language, Bengali. International Mother Language Day promotes linguistic diversity and multilingual education.
The 2019 theme for the International Mother Language Day event held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France is “Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building, and reconciliation”. This initiative is so important, as nearly 42 percent of the world’s 6000 languages are endangered. “Every two weeks a language disappears taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage” -UN