April 20th, 2022 marked the 12th UN Chinese Language Day. The International School for Chinese Language and Culture of Henan University have held a series of activities to celebrate this event.
The school held special cultural courses for international students on April 20 and led them to visit the National Cultural Export Base Cultural and Technological Innovation Park and the International Art Bonded Warehouse of China (Henan) Free Trade Zone for culture experience on April 26. Besides, the international students joined the activity "Recitation of Chinese Classics", and gained a great improvement in Chinese language and a deeper understanding of Chinese history and the traditional culture.
About the UN Chinese Language Day:
Language Days at the United Nations seek to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization. The date for the UN Chinese Language Day was on the same day with Guyu (Grain Rain), the 6th of 24 solar terms, to pay tribute to Cangjie, who is claimed to be the inventor of Chinese characters. Chinese was established as an official language of the United Nations in 1946. However, in early years, Chinese was not commonly used in the work of the United Nations. The situation was improved after restoration of the lawful rights of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations in 1971. In 1973, the General Assembly included Chinese as a working language, which was followed by the Security Council in 1974. More and more UN offices and staff members work with Chinese language.