Hindi Divas is an annual event in India. Hindi Divas’ promotion, observation is mainly organized by the Government of India, particularly the Education Department. The main purpose of the observance each year is to honor, tribute, encourage, complement, bring about awareness and promote the use of India’s most used language Hindi. Many schools, institutes, Government agencies celebrate Hindi Divas. Many have debate competition, Hindi essay competition, small gathering, speeches etc. There are prizes and certificates distribution too.
The celebration and observance of Hindi Divas can be traced back to 1949. Normally, each year, the President of India delivers a speech on the occasion since then. Hindi is one of the two official languages of India. Hindi is among the top 4 most spoken languages in the world, others being English, Chinese Mandarin, and Spanish.
Gregorian date the 14th of September was chosen for Hindi Divas for each year, as on the 14th of September 1949, the Constitution Assembly unanimously accepted Hindi and English as the two official languages of India.
After the British Rule, and when the British left India in 1947, and after the partition of India, there was a concern about the India official languages. There are hundreds of regional, local, demographic languages in India due to the vast expanse-geographical spread of India. Therefore, it was decided that Hindi in the Devanagari script and English be made the official languages. Though there are other scheduled languages of India as well.
Indian languages are one of the oldest in the world. In fact, Tamil is considered the oldest language of the world, followed by Sanskrit. Hindi is a descendant of Sanskrit. Use of Hindi can also be traced in some other parts of the world like the Caribbean, in countries like Fiji, Guyana, Maldives, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago etc. The official language of Nepal called Nepali is similar to Hindi. One of the main languages of Canada – Punjabi is mostly similar to Hindi.
We wish all natives a Very Happy Hindi Divas.