On February 21 of every year, a large number of countries around the world celebrate what is known as the International Mother Language Day. It is the annual celebration that takes place worldwide to enhance awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
The International Mother Language Day was declared for the first time by UNESCO on November 17, 1999, and then it was officially approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations. It was decided to establish an International Year of Languages in 2008.
Perhaps the Egyptians are one of the peoples, who spoke more than one language throughout their history, and there were long eras in which certain languages prevailed until they disappeared and other languages took their place, the Arabic language being the last of those languages.
The Egyptian cultural scene has gone through a lot of discussions whether Egypt’s mother tongue is the ancient Egyptian language spoken by the Pharaos over thousands of years and recorded on the walls of temples and statues of kings, or the Arabic language that came with Islam, settled in the country and became the official language of writing and composition.