International Translation Day

International Translation Day (ITD)

Basic Information about ITD

International Translation Day is an annual event observed on 30 September to pay tribute to the work of language professionals in their roles of connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding and development.

Observed on: September 30

Organized by: UN, FIT

Introduced in: 2017 (UN Resolution), 2017 (First Observation)

Observed: Worldwide

About International Translation Day

Language professionals play an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security. This observation encourages to remember them and pay tribute to their work.

From 2017 onward every year September 30 is observed as International Translation Day. UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on 24 may 2017, which declares 30 September as International Translation Day. The day was promoted by International Federation of Translators (FIT) from 1953 onward. The date 30 September is the feast day of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators.

All the literature from different languages includes scientific works, technical works, literature books, etc. needs to be translated to another language. It requires to maintain precision, clarity and terminology used in translation. Interpreters are also part of this work. 

Activities and Programs on Translation Day (ITD)

There are many programmes and activities to promote this event. A poster and theme is chosen on every year to promote the event. The programs are conducting with aim to change the way world sees translators and interpreters. Social media campaigns are conducting as part of the observation to promote the profession. #InternationalTranslationDay #ITD are used as a hashtag for social media campaign.

There were other programs and events like seminars, symposiums, panel discussions, competitions, etc. to mark this day.

Theme for International Translation Day

International Translation Day 2020 Theme is “Finding the words for a world in crisis

Translation Day 2019 Theme was “Indigenous languages in the global village, more than just a case of survival

Translation Day 2018 Theme was “Translation: Promoting cultural heritage in changing times

ITD 2017 Theme was “Translation and Diversity

Click here for List of Important Days or UN observations

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