World Hindi Day

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    • Recently, UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre has agreed to publish Hindi descriptions of India’s world heritage sites on the WHC website on the occasion of World Hindi Day.

    About World Hindi Day

    • World Hindi Day or Vishwa Hindi Divas is celebrated every year on January 10 to mark the first World Hindi Conference that was held in Nagpur on January 10 in 1975. 
      • The conference was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and saw participation from a total of 30 countries.
    • In 2006, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh declared that January 10 will be observed as World Hindi Day every year.
      •  This was also the first time that the ministry of external affairs started celebrating the day abroad.
    •  It is celebrated across the world to promote the use of the Hindi language.
    • Aims 
    • To spread awareness about Hindi as an international language across the world. 

    About National Hindi Divas

    • India also celebrates National Hindi Divas on September 14.
    •  It, however, is different from World Hindi Day as National Hindi Divas is celebrated to commemorate the adoption of Hindi as an official language of India by the Constituent Assembly.
      • The Constituent Assembly of India accepted Hindi, written in Devanagari script, as the official language of India on September 14, 1949, under Article 343 of the Indian Constitution.
    • The reason behind adopting Hindi as one of the official languages was to simplify administration in a nation with multiple languages.

    Source: PIB