International E Day
Instituto Cervantes Celebrates “Día Internacional del Español” WorldwideJune 22nd, 2017
The Instituto Cervantes, a Spanish organization which works to promote and expand Hispanic culture through its more than 70 locations worldwide recently celebrated International E Day.
Founded back in 1991 by the Spanish Government, Instituto Cervantes’ main goal is to expand society’s knowledge of Hispanic culture and Spanish language worldwide. Through the promotion of cultural and educational activities representative of the Hispanic community, the institute has managed to expand its mission to over 70 locations.
This past June 18th, the Institute held a grand-scale celebration in all its locations in honor of the International E Day, which celebrates the importance that Spanish language and culture has at a global scale.
Spanish is an official language in over 20 countries in locations ranging from Europe to Africa, Central, South, and North America. Being the 2nd most spoken language in the world, it holds over 400 million speakers. However, this number is bound to rise, as a recent study predicts that in the coming generations, the percentage of the world population who will be able to understand Spanish will rise from 6% to 10%.
These numbers, which already prove the importance of the Spanish language and culture, are strengthened by the fact that Spanish is one of the only 6 official languages adopted by the United Nations. Therefore, not only is the language significant in respect of linguistics, but also in regards to politics and cultural diplomacy.
For these reasons, it comes as no surprise that the Instituto Cervantes perceives the expansion of the Spanish language and culture (embodied in the celebration of E Day) as an essential part of their mission statement. The celebration, which was conceived by the Institute itself, was first held back in the year 2009. Its success was such that it has since then become an annual tradition.
The objective: “to recognize Spanish as an international language of communication” through the expansion of culture in Spanish, the celebration of its worldwide relevance and through the promotion of unity between its speakers.