International Translation Day

St. Jerome in his study by Domenico Ghirlandaio

International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September, on the feast of Saint Jerome, who is considered the patron saint of translators. While Saint Jerome was an early Christian — in the fourth century he produced the first Latin translation of the Bible and wrote texts on the art of translation — today International Translation Day is decidedly secular and celebrated by translators and translator organizations around the world. The celebrations have been promoted by FIT (Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs) ever since its inception in 1953 to show the solidarity of the worldwide translation community and promote the translation profession in different countries. See this year’s press release issued by FIT.