6 June: Russian Language Day
The United Nations Russian Language Day was observed on 6 June 2017.
The day is observed annually to maintain the equality of all six official UN languages. These six official languages are English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French.
The decision to hold days of languages was adopted by the UN Department of Public Information on the eve of the International Mother Language Day, celebrated annually on 21 February, at the initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The purpose of the days of the UN languages is to raise awareness of the history, culture and the development of each of the six official UN languages among the staff of the Organization.
The UN Russian Language Day coincides with the birthday of Aleksandr Pushkin, a Russian poet who is considered the father of modern Russian literature.
About Aleksandr Pushkin
• Alexander Pushkin was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era.
• He is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.
• He published his first poem at the age of fifteen.
• While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov.