A Thank You to All Linguists on International Translation Day
Linguists impact our world in profound and varied ways. Interpreters and translators extend access to those who may otherwise be left out. For their skill, empathy, and service, today and every day, we are grateful!
About International Translation Day
International Translation Day is celebrated once a year on the 30th of September, which is the feast day of Saint Jerome. Saint Jerome is best known for translating the Bible into Latin during the 4th century, and is also known as the "patron saint of translators."
In 1953, the International Federation of Translators (FIT) was established. Since FIT's inception, translators and interpreters were encouraged to celebrate Saint Jerome's feast day -- but it wasn't until 1991 that FIT's Public Relations Committee officially launched International Translation Day as a holiday to be celebrated annually across the world.
On this day, linguists are celebrated for their dedication to their profession. Without translators' and interpreters' continuous contributions, we would be unable to communicate with people around the globe, or even communicate with linguistically diverse individuals within our own nation. Translators and interpreters help us connect with others, whether that be through voice, text or video, every day.