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Chinese Language Day

The United Nations (UN) observes the UN Chinese Language Day every year on or around April 20. The contribution of Chinese literature, poetry and language in world culture is highlighted on this day.

Adult teaching a child to write Chinese characters.

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Celebrate World Chinese Language Day

The UN and its affiliate organizations hold events that showcase the beauty and rich cultural history of the Chinese language on Chinese Language Day. Workshops and seminars feature prominent Chinese authors, poets and calligraphers. Concerts featuring Chinese music, martial arts performances, and calligraphy exhibitions are held around the world.

Public Life

World Chinese Language Day is not an official holiday and businesses, schools and government offices are open on this day.

About World Chinese Language Day

The United Nations has 6 official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Each of them have their own days when the UN and its affiliates use the occasion to promote multiculturalism and cross cultural understanding by showcasing the rich history and literary culture of each language.

The Gregorian calendar date for the UN Chinese Language Day corresponds to Guyu or Rain of Millet in the Chinese calendar. This day celebrates Cangiie, the ancient historian who is also credited with having invented the Chinese characters.

The first UN Chinese Language Day was held on November 12, 2010. In 2011, the date was moved to April 20.

Chinese Language Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015MonApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
2016WedApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
2017ThuApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
2018FriApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
2019SatApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
2020MonApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
2021TueApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
2022WedApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
2023ThuApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
2024SatApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
2025SunApr 20Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance

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