International Greek Language Day is celebrated on February 9 to spread awareness about its significance in shaping World civilization.
The Day highlights the extraordinary role that the Greek language has played in the global development of literacy, science, philosophy and culture.
Officially launched in 2017 to coincide with the annual commemoration of Greece’s national poet, Dionysios Solomos (April 8, 1798 – February 9, 1857), author of the 1823 poem “Hymn to Liberty” – Greece’s national anthem – International Greek Language Day aims to promote awareness of the language’s unparalleled influence on other writing systems around the world.
Video: about the significant of the Greek Language with English subtitles
In a message to mark the Day, Deputy Foreign Minister, Giorgos Kotsiras said:
“With a heartbeat of thousands of years and remarkable resilience, the Greek language has been with humanity for centuries, and is found in writing continuously and uninterruptedly. As a result of this unique journey, an extraordinary vocabulary has been accumulated, capable of deciphering even the most thick and complicated meanings. The Greek language has nourished every science and many Western languages, and it exists within foreign vocabularies as part of a timeless cultural osmosis.”