International Translation Day is celebrated every year on September 30, which is the feast day of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators.
The celebrations have been promoted by the International Federation of Translators (FIT) ever since that organization was founded in 1953. FIT typically holds an annual poster contest to recognize this special day. The theme for International Translation Day 2020 was finding the words for a world in crisis (see the winning poster from this year’s contest on the right).
In 2017 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing September 30 as International Translation Day. The day is meant to provide an opportunity to pay tribute to language professionals, whose work plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue and understanding, contributing to development, and strengthening world peace and security. Since 2018, the American Translators Association (ATA) has celebrated the day by publishing a series of social media posts intended to educate the public about the role of professional translators and interpreters.
As we recognize International Translation Day 2020, please join our global office locations in thanking all of the talented and dedicated translators and interpreters worldwide for their hard work and dedication to the language industry. We greatly appreciate the importance of translators and interpreters on this day and throughout the year.
We thank you for all that you do for CETRA, and your dedication to helping people globally to understand each other and the world around them.