International Translation Day 2022: Events, Significance, History, Theme and much more

September 30 is celebrated as International Translation Day annually as a tribute to the work of translation professionals. It honours the key role they play in bringing countries and their people together by facilitating dialogue, understanding, cooperation, development, conflict resolution and the resultant peace and prosperity.

Know all about International Translation Day 2022

30 September is the death anniversary of Saint Jerome who is widely regarded as the patron saint of translators. The date was chosen to celebrate the immense contribution of Saint Jerome who translated the Bible from Greek to Latin - the language of the dominant Roman Empire - thus making it accessible and understandable to much of the western world of that era.

International Translation Day History and Significance

International Federation of Translators, FIT proposed in 1991 the idea of dedicating a global day to recognize the important role the translation community plays in the world. As the world got more connected through globalization, their roles became all the more important. And finally, on May 24, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe every September 30 as World Translation Day.

Translators connect the world using language as a tool. No peace, prosperity, and development can be achieved in the world without effective communication. But with so many languages in the world making effective communication complicated, the role of translators become significant to global peace and prosperity.

International Translation Day 2022 Theme and celebration

"A World without Barriers" is the theme of International Translation Day 2022.

Several events and contests are lined up to happen on this occasion. FIT has already announced its annual poster competition. Anyone with design skills can participate in the event. The best poster promoting the role of translators in shaping a world without barriers will be awarded.

As for the United Nations, it will organise Saint Jerome Translation Contest for translations in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and German languages.

Who was Saint Jerome?

  • Saint Jerome - a priest from northeastern Italy - was a renowned scholar and translator of his time.
  • He is credited with translating most of the Bible into Latin from the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament.
  • He was also the hand behind translating parts of the Hebrew Gospel into Greek.
  • He is said to have learned Latin in school and picked up Greek and Hebrew from travel and studies.
  • He died on September 30, 420 AD.

The importance of language and translation in the world

  • What language you can speak determine your fate and identity and in today's world even nationality.
  • They are not just a means to communicate but also a tool for achieving education, development, and social integration.
  • You can easily experience how knowing English open the world of knowledge and opportunity for us.

Why International days are celebrated?

  • International days and weeks act as powerful advocacy tools to promote public awareness of global problems.
  • These are occasions to mobilize social and political will and to generate resources to address global issues.
  • We also celebrate these to honour our successes and achievements on the given issue.
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