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English Language Day

English Language Day is a United Nations (UN) observance that people celebrate on April 23 each year. It coincides withWilliam Shakespeare’s birthday and World Book and Copyright Day.

Definition of English in a dictionary
English is one of the most popular languages used worldwide.
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Celebrate English Language Day

English Language Day aims to entertain and inform people about the history, culture and achievements associated with the language. The day often features book-reading events, English quizzes, poetry and literature exchanges, and other activities that promote the English language.

Public Life

English Language Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

About English Language Day

English is one of the two working languages of the UN Secretariat and one of the organization’s six official languages. English is often referred to as a "world language", or the lingua franca (bridge language or common language used by speakers of different languages) of the modern era because it is widely spoken. The UN first celebrated English Language Day on April 23, 2010.

Did You Know?

For a language that was used by only 3 tribes about 1500 years ago, English has official or special status in at least 75 countries with a total population of over two billion.

English Language Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010FriApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance
2011SatApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance
2012MonApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance
2013TueApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance
2014WedApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance
2015ThuApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance
2016SatApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance
2017SunApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance
2018MonApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance
2019TueApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance
2020ThuApr 23English Language DayUnited Nations observance

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