UN Arabic Language Day has been celebrated annually on December 18th of each year. Language doesn’t end as a communication tool, and rather it is a symbol of culture and heritage. Arabic is one such popular languages of the world with more than 430 million people speaking the language. It is also the language of 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. The Arabic language is found to have a long history and tradition, and the UNESCO has recognized it. Thus, the UN Arabic Language Day celebrates the language, its history, and people speaking it.
“Arabic is very twisting, very beautiful. The call to prayer is quite haunting; it almost makes you a believer on the spot.” – John Updike
History of UN Arabic Language Day
The UN Arabic Language Day has been celebrated since the year 2010. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has established this celebration Day. It is also called the World Arabic Language Day (WALD). December 18 was precisely chosen as it was on this date in 1973, the General Assembly has approved Arabic as an official UN language. Arabic is one among the six official languages of the United Nations. On seeking to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and to promote equal use of all of the six official working languages throughout the organization, UNESCO has established this Day. It is one of the modern languages that is written and read in a right-to-left form. Arabic is a name involved to the descendants of the 6th century Classical Arabic language.
Other Celebrations on December 18
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How to Celebrate UN Arabic Language Day
Celebrating the UN Arabic Language Day is quite simple. Indulge yourself in learning the Arabic language. Of course, learning this language needs lots of patience and interest. If you already know the Arabic language, then you can spread its importance and history to other people. Participate in the events conducted by the government and other organizations. Improve your knowledge by speaking with Arabic writers and poets. Start writing poems and stories in Arab to attain more fluency in the language. Share your poems along with the celebration pictures on the social media using the hashtag #UNArabicLanguageDay.