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The annual celebration of the International Translation Day takes place on every 30 September, coinciding with the feast of Saint Jerome who translated the Bible for the first time from original Hebrew to Latin.

On this day, people celebrate the works of the language-translation professionals who make the treasure of information available for the world.

International Translation Day illustration: Colorful wolrd map drawing with speaking anime cartoon icons of girls, boys, men, and women translating Hello in different languages of various countries such as hallo, salut, ciao, bonjour, hi, hola, ola, and namaste
International Translation Day: People speaking "Hello" in different languages of different countries!

The translators facilitate not just the words but aid to the development and strengthening through their understanding, dialogue, and cooperation.

The contribution of translators breaks down the barrier of languages and make the great literature available, understandable, and accessible to enjoy far more widely.

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The role of translators and language professionals is critical in:

  1. Facilitating dialogues cooperation and standing
  2. Bringing national and international professionals together
  3. Contributing to the growth progress and development
  4. Strengthening security and global peace
  5. Helping in the transposition of the scientific and literary work
  6. Bring out the technical work from one to other languages
  7. Translating along with taking care of terminologies and interpretations
  8. Preserving clarity of the information
  9. Providing a positive climate
  10. Facilitating productivity in national and international public discourse
  11. Providing ease in interpersonal communication
  12. Fostering the peace
International Translation Day: Quick Glance
Significance
Recognizing the works of translators and interpretors
Event Type
Global
Observed
Worldwide
Observations
Events, contests and competitions, award functions
Legend of the Day
St. Jerome
Date
30 September
Event in Various Years
30 September 2020, 30 September 2021
Occurrence
Annual

Date of International Translation Day Observance

The International Translation Day recognises the contribution of translation professionals on every 30 September.

History of International Translation Day

The international translation day was launched as a global event by the International Federation of Translators in 1953.

However, the first official observance of the international translation day was witnessed in 1991.

On 24 May 2017, the United Nations general assembly passed a resolution in which it is declared that the International Translation Day will be observed on every 30 September to recognise the role of translation professionals in joining the nations.

The group of 11 signatory nations who joined the hands for the Draft Resolution is constituted of the following nations:

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Paraguay
  5. Ecuador
  6. Qatar
  7. Turkey
  8. Turkmenistan
  9. Turkey
  10. Belarus
  11. Ecuador
  12. Cuba
  13. Vietnam

Below are some resolution-supporting organisations:

  1. International Association of conference interpreter
  2. International Association of professional translators and interpreters
  3. World Association of sign language interpreters
  4. Critical link International
  5. Red T

International Translation Day Celebration

  1. This Global event is marked by the observance of seminars, dedicated events, and symposiums. The events take place in a series across the world to pay the tribute to the contribution of the translators.
  2. The events roll out with a unifying theme each year and various competitions are being held to promote the day and join the professionals from around the world.
  3. The poster design competitions are being held and the winner is awarded.
  4. A series of social media posts are published to promote the cause and educate people about the key roles and contributions of the translators and interpreters at social and national levels.
  5. In addition to that, many infographics are also being circulated around to raise the level of awareness about this event.
  6. Since 2005 the United Nations invites every year its staff, accredited staff, and students from its partner universities for a contest called UN Saint Jerome translation contest. It also awards and Honours the best translations in English Chinese German Spanish Russian French and Arabic. The whole event significantly celebrates the multilingualism. The observances also highlight the translators' roles the language professionals who belong to multilateral diplomacy.

Significance of International Translation Day

  1. Alike technological, social, political, and cultural changes the languages also being updated with the other developments in various fields. Rapid changes in the expectations and realities ask for more clear information to reach everyone around.
  2. The translators, interpreters, and the terminologists ensure to bridge the gap and overcome the language barriers both at the local and global level.
  3. Such an event connects the nations and fosters peace, development, and understanding among all.
  4. Even during the swiftly changing times, the translation projects promote the cultural heritage and indeed responsibility preserve the precious treasures of writeups.
  5. The hard work, dedication, and sweat of the translators stand firm against the regional and cultural diversities.
  6. The day also supports the preservation of all human language rights.
  7. It promotes the translation profession in various nations of the world.
  8. It comes as an opportunity to showcase the pride for the profession that is emerging as an essential area in the era of globalisation and continuously progressing digitalization.

The Legend behind the International Translation Day

Saint Jerome the first Bible translator who was from North-Eastern Italy is the legend behind the day.

He is known for his tremendous endeavours of translating the holy book of the Christians and believers.

He translated most of the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament of Bible into the Latin language. Not only this, but he also translated many parts of Hebrew gospel into the Greek language.

He belonged to Illyrian ancestry and the Illyrian dialect was his native language. He learnt Latin when he was in school and became fluent in Hebrew and Greek during his studies and journeys.

Other than being known as the Christian scholar and priest, he is also revered as the Patron Saint of translators.

On 30 September 420, Saint Jerome found died and peace near Bethlehem.

International Translation Day 2020

Alike other Global events, the International Translation Day is not an exception to touch the current pandemic. The theme of IT in 2020 is "Finding the words for a world in crisis".

In the situation of crisis the translators have been providing crucial services behind the news and also on the front line. Providing the information to the general public was never such smooth and easy as the digitalization and technological advancement has drastically contributed to the ease of communication mediums and ways.

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