Spanish Language Day
23 April, 2021
Spanish Language Day (#SpanishLanguageDay) celebrates the second most spoken language in the world and honors writer Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra who is best known for his two-part novel Don Quixote published in 1605 and 1615. Originating in Spain, the Spanish language has more than 450 million native Spanish speakers in the world (surpassed only by Chinese as the most spoken language) and is the third most studied language behind English and French. It is the official language for Argentina, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and, of course, Spain. To observe this day, try reading Don Quixote or another novel by Miguel De Cervantes, such as The Dialogue of the Dogs or The Little Gypsy Girl; and explore such other Spanish authors as Julia Alvarez, Carlos Fuentes, and Rosa Montero. You could also commit to learning the language or visiting Spanish-speaking countries, and of course, sing and dance to the beautiful Spanish music.