Hindi, the widely spoken language in India and other countries like Nepal, Mauritius, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Fiji. Millions of civilizations remark World Hindi Day or Vishwa Hindi Diwas on January 10 and the main goal to celebrate this day is to facilitate the use of the Hindi language worldwide.
On January 10th, 2006 for the first time World Hindi Day was observed by our former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. The day commemorates the anniversary of the first World Hindi Conference, held in 1975.
The first World Hindi Conference was established by Prime minister Indira Gandhi. Since 1975 different countries like Mauritius, the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago, United States have organised World Hindi Conference.
The chief guest of the first conference was Mauritius prime minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. It was attended by 122 delegates from 30 countries. The word Hindi got its name from the Persian word Hind which means the ‘land of Indus River. The language is originated from Sanskrit and is written in the Devnagari text.
On this special day, schools and colleges worldwide usually organise poetry and various literary programmes and encourage their students to take part in them.
However, some people often get confused between World Hindi Day with the National Hindi Diwas which is d on September 14.
Hindi Diwas is celebrated annually on September 14th marking the proclamation of language Hindi as an official language. Concurrently, the World Hindi conference or Vishva Hindi Sammelan is celebrated on January 10th as a word conference on the Hindi language.
Hindi is seen as one of the widely spoken languages of the world after English and Mandarin. As a linguistic variety, after English, Mandarin, and Spanish, Hindi is the fourth most spoken language in the world. Hindi is also a direct descendant of an early form of Vedic Sanskrit.
Also, Hindi Diwas is observed every year. World Hindi Conference is observed once every three years.
Moreover while circulating better understanding about Hindi as a global language, the World Hindi Day also emphasises in establishing a fascination for the language.
“Hindi is the soul of Indian culture”: Kamalapati Tripathi