Every year on September 30, the world observes International Translation Day in honor of Saint Jerome, the Bible translator. In a world as diverse as ours, where language can be a barrier, translation emerges as a vital bridge facilitating understanding and communication among people of different tongues.
International Translation Day, established by the United Nations, stands as a tribute to the remarkable contributions of translators and language specialists. Their role in bridging linguistic gaps between nations promotes global peace, progress, understanding, and development. Translators serve as the unsung heroes who make it possible for knowledge to transcend language boundaries. Their work encompasses the translation of literary, scientific, and technical works, thereby advancing humanity in numerous ways.
These language experts are instrumental in international diplomacy, business interactions, and healthcare, enabling seamless global collaboration and the cross-border exchange of knowledge.
The origins of International Translation Day trace back to the profound influence of St. Jerome, often referred to as the 'Father Of Translation.' This annual observance has been in place since the establishment of the International Federation of Translators in 1953.
In 1991, the significance of this day gained global recognition when the International Federation For Translators took the initiative to raise public awareness about the pivotal role of translation in our interconnected world.
The theme for International Translation Day 2023 is 'Translation unveils the many faces of humanity.' This theme underscores the power of translation to reveal the rich tapestry of human diversity and the multitude of stories, ideas, and cultures that make up our global community.
As we mark this International Translation Day, let us acknowledge the profound impact of translators and their unwavering commitment to breaking down linguistic barriers, fostering mutual understanding, and forging connections that span the globe.
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