Chinese Language Day | UN Chinese Language Day 2014 - Apr 20, 2014

Chinese Language Day | UN Chinese Language Day 2014 - Apr 20, 2014

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UN Chinese Language Day is celebrated on April 20, 2014. The event was established by the UNESCO in 2010 to seeking "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization". April 20 was chosen as the date for the Chinese language "to pay tribute to Cang Jie, a mythical figure who is presumed to have invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago". (With material from: Wikipedia)

The date for the Chinese day was selected from Guyu ("Rain of Millet"), which is the 6th of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian calendars, to pay tribute to Cangjie. Cangjie is a very important figure in ancient China, claimed to be an official historian of the Yellow Emperor and the inventor of Chinese characters. Legend has it that he had four eyes and four pupils, and that when he invented the characters, the deities and ghosts cried and the sky rained millet. From then on, Chinese people celebrate the day Guyu in honour of Cangjie. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around April 20.

Where is UN Chinese Language Day?
Worldwide
World


When is UN Chinese Language Day?
Sunday, the 20th of April 2014
Today!


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