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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 guiding child with writing Chinese text.
Adult teaching a child to write Chinese characters.

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
WedApr 202011Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
FriApr 202012Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
SatApr 202013Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
SunApr 202014Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
MonApr 202015Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
WedApr 202016Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
ThuApr 202017Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
FriApr 202018Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
SatApr 202019Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance
MonApr 202020Chinese Language DayUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

Chinese Language Day is a United Nations observance that celebrates one of the organization’s 6 official languages – Chinese.

Chinese Language Day 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chinese Language Day 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018


Name in other languages

Chinese Language DayEnglish
Día de la Lengua China en las Naciones UnidasSpanish
יום השפה סיניHebrew
يوم اللغة الصينيةArabic
중국어의 날Korean
Tag der chinesischen SpracheGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on April 20, 2017

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