Celebrating International Greek Language Day 2022
Posted on February 08, 2022 by Christina Bagkaki
Celebrating International Greek Language Day 2022
February 9th, 2022. International Greek Language Day
February 9th is International Greek Language Day. In 2017, it was proclaimed to commemorate, recognize, and celebrate the contributions of the Greek language to Western civilization throughout the centuries. This date was chosen because it is the official date of the Greek National Poet, Dionysios Solomos, who composed the national anthem, “Hymn to Liberty,” (Ύμνος εις την Ελευθερίαν).
Konstantinos Vlasis, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, said, “This is not just a reminder of our language’s uninterrupted continuity through time. It’s also a recognition of the organization’s long-term global contributions.”
Greek Language History
The Greek language dates back to approximately 3000BC, making it more than 5,000 years old. Its history stretches far back in time. The Greek Language is something more than just a language. It is inherently linked to the Greek national identity, and the hearts and minds of Greeks, who discovered the magic of expression and the wealth of their spiritual world in its words. In short, they found a way to establish themselves through time with their eternal creations.
Dionysios Solomos was an internationally recognized Greek poet and lyricist, who is now considered as the father of modern Greek poetry. He composed “Hymn to Liberty” in 1887. In 1911, he became the first native-born citizen of Greece to be elected as a member of the International Academy of Poets. He died in 1917 at the age of 49, but his legacy lives on.
Honoring our national poet every year on the 9th February is a way to remember his words: “Does anything else occupy my mind but liberty and language?”
His excellent knowledge of Italian – gained from a long time of living in Italy – was never an obstacle to narrating his aesthetic, linguistic, and life’s progress in Greek. It is a narration etched into the birth of modern Greece. The millions of Greeks and many philhellenes in every corner of the world today are living examples of the language’s unparalleled charm.
The beauty of the Greek language
Anyone who knows a little Greek will know that what makes Greek so unique is its essence and attitude toward life. In their effort to interpret the world, the Greeks created words that give meaning to existence and guide us to what is actual and transcendent. These are words that precisely signify singular notions, ideas, and values: Democracy, Philosophy, Dialogue. This has been characteristic of the Greek Language throughout its history.
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