Every year, World Hindi Day is celebrated on January 10. It marks the anniversary of the First World Hindi Conference held in 1975, inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Ever since then, World Hindi Conferences were organised across the globe- India, Mauritius, United Kingdom, United States.
If you are wondering did we actually start celebrating World Hindi Diwas in 1975 itself? No, Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh announced the celebration of World Hindi Day on 10th January in 2006, and since then there’s no looking back.
Wait, if January 10 is World Hindi Day, then what is celebrated on September 14 every year? Let us clear the confusion!
World Hindi Day and National Hindi Diwas may sound similar, but both the days are different and each have their own significance. National Hindi Diwas celebrated on 14th September every year commemorates the adaption of Hindi written in Devanagari script in 1950 as the official language of the Union by Constituent Assembly of India (Source: Wikipedia). World Hindi Day on the other hand is celebrated on 10th January to promote Hindi Language across the globe.
Celebrating World Hindi Day on January 10, Indian Embassies located in countries across the globe celebrate the spirit of Hindi language by organizing special programs. Persons of Indian origin and NRI across the globe arrange events and activities to commemorate World Hindi Day and promote the greatness of Hindi Language.
Here are some lesser known facts about the Hindi Language
- Outside India, Hindi is spoken in many countries – Nepal, Bangladesh, United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad, Mauritius, and South Africa.
- Hindi is one of the seven Indian languages that can be used to make web URLs. (Source: India Today)
- Oxford Dictionary includes several words from Hindi Language like ‘yaar’, ‘pakka’, ‘jugaad’ , bindi, and ‘Surya Namaskar‘ to name a few.
- Hindi script is phonetic. Unlike English, each letter of the Hindi alphabet has its own independent and distinct sound and is also pronounced the same way as it is written.