CHINESE LANGUAGE DAY: APRIL 20, 2017

Chinese Language Day

The United Nations (UN) observes the UN Chinese Language Day every year on or around April 20. The contribution of Chinese literature, poetry and language in world culture is highlighted on this day.

Adult guiding child with writing Chinese text.
Adult teaching a child to write Chinese characters.
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Celebrate World Chinese Language Day

The UN and its affiliate organizations hold events that showcase the beauty and rich cultural history of the Chinese language on Chinese Language Day. Workshops and seminars feature prominent Chinese authors, poets and calligraphers. Concerts featuring Chinese music, martial arts performances, and calligraphy exhibitions are held around the world.

Public Life

World Chinese Language Day is not an official holiday and businesses, schools and government offices are open on this day.

About World Chinese Language Day

The United Nations has 6 official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Each of them have their own days when the UN and its affiliates use the occasion to promote multiculturalism and cross cultural understanding by showcasing the rich history and literary culture of each language.

The Gregorian calendar date for the UN Chinese Language Day corresponds to Guyu or Rain of Millet in the Chinese calendar. This day celebrates Cangiie, the ancient historian who is also credited with having invented the Chinese characters.

The first UN Chinese Language Day was held on November 12, 2010. In 2011, the date was moved to April 20.

Chinese Language Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Wed Apr 20 2011 Chinese Language Day United Nations observance
Fri Apr 20 2012 Chinese Language Day United Nations observance
Sat Apr 20 2013 Chinese Language Day United Nations observance
Sun Apr 20 2014 Chinese Language Day United Nations observance
Mon Apr 20 2015 Chinese Language Day United Nations observance
Wed Apr 20 2016 Chinese Language Day United Nations observance
Thu Apr 20 2017 Chinese Language Day United Nations observance
Fri Apr 20 2018 Chinese Language Day United Nations observance
Sat Apr 20 2019 Chinese Language Day United Nations observance
Mon Apr 20 2020 Chinese Language Day United Nations observance
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