Language Martyrs' Day of Bangladesh & International Mother Language Day hosted by the Embassy of Bangladesh Seoul served as another important opportunity to awaken growing cultural diversity while New Zealand Amb. Philip Turner, Canada Amb. Micheal Cathal Danagher and last but not least Sierra Leone Amb. Kathos Jiabo Mattai address their language backgrounds respectively on the podium.
According to the Embassy of Bangladesh, International Mother Language Day is celebrated every year on 21st February. The main purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the awareness of language and cultural diversity all across the world. It was first announced by UNESCO on November 17, 1999. Since then it is being celebrated every year.
In the case of Bangladesh, Language Movement Day (Bengali: ভাষা আন্দোলন দিবস Bhasha Andolôn Dibôs), also called State Language Day or Language Martyrs' Day (Bengali: শহীদ দিবস Shôhid Dibôs), is a national holiday of Bangladesh taking place on 21 February each year and commemorating the Bengali language movement and its martyrs.
Against this backdrop, envoys from Malaysia, Bolivia, Ecuador as well joined to the ceremony held in the Seoul UNESCO building on Feb. 21st afternoon to show their solidarity. Through its video, the Embassy of Bangladesh showed participants over 100 hundred peoples that on February 21, 1952, students and common people in Dhaka took to the streets to protest against the then Pakistani government's denial of Bangla as the national language and imposition of Urdu as the only official language of Pakistan.
Bangladesh Amb. Ms. Abida Islam said on the podium that The Language Movement, a significant event in the nation’s history, was aimed at establishing the right of the mother tongue as well as protecting the nation’s culture and heritage. The theme of International Mother Language Day 2020 is "Languages without borders." The theme focuses on cross-border languages and aims at preserving indigenous heritage.