Let’s celebrate professional translation!

September 30th will be a very special day for professional translators. We will celebrate International Translation Day, an opportunity for everybody to talk about the universe of translation!

The roots of Translation day.

saint-jeromeDid you know? Every year on Saint Jerome’s Day we celebrate International Translation Day. We owe this character the first “official” translation of the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate), published in the 3rd century BC.

The idea of dedicating this day to professional translators comes from the IFT (International Federation of Translators), which has celebrated International Translation Day (ITD) every year since 1991.

According to the Federation, it is the perfect day for showing the world what professional translators do, as well as the importance of their work in our society.

International Translation Day 2017

Every ITD is structured around a theme chosen by the IFT… and the 2017 edition is no exception.

This year, the celebration has to do with the A/RES/71/288 resolution, made by the General Assembly of the United Nations. This motion recognizes the role of professional translation at the United Nations in promoting peace. It was also then that the 30th of September was proclaimed “International Translation Day”, an important celebration throughout the UN.


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This year’s theme: “Translation and diversity” – click on the image to learn more about it.

The theme of this 2017 edition is “Translation and diversity”,  an opportunity to emphasize the importance of linguistic localisation and its role in our global economy. After all, the main goal of localisation is adapting a product and/or a communication to a geographic zone, paying special attention to its multiple singularities.

You should know that the ATA (American Translators Association) posts on their website every year information about the festivities. You can also check the ITI (Institute of Translation and Interpreting) and its own explanation of the resolution that inspired this event.

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