National Hindi Day

National Hindi Day: Celebration Ideas, History, Importance & Story of Diwas

Hindi diwas or National Hindi day is celebrated on September 14th every year. It is not to be confused with World Hindi day which occurs on 10th January. This post mentions why we celebrate Hindi diwas, explains about Hindi diwas, and gives you Hindi day celebration ideas. 

About Hindi Diwas

National Hindi Day or Hindi Diwas marks the adaptation of Hindi as one of the two official languages of India.  It was on 14th September 1949 that Hindi was the then Government under the leadership of Jawaharlal Nehru adopted Hindi as one of the two official languages of India. The other official language of India is English. Thus, the Hindi diwas date is September 14th. 

History of Hindi Diwas

There is a reason why the Hindi diwas date is September 14th. 

Beohar Rajendra Simha fought for attaining this official status to Hindi. He was a celebrated Indian scholar, historian, Sanskritist, Gandhian, journalist, and politician. Along with him, several other leaders including Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Kaka Kalelkar, Maithili Sharan Gupt, and Seth Govind Das worked towards this cause.

On the 14th of September 1949 which coincided with the 50th birthday of Beohar Rajendra Simha, his efforts bore fruit. When India became a republic on the 26th of January 1950, Hindi came into existence as the Official Language of India. 

About Hindi

Hindi is the most widely spoken language in India. Its script is called Devanagari. The specialty of the Devanagari script is whatever is written, that is read aloud. 

If any one script is necessary for all Indian languages, then it can be Devanagari only.

Justice Krishnaswamy Iyer

Hindi imparts cultural unity to Indians. Not only in the Hindi-speaking states, but people of most other states in India can also understand and speak Hindi. 

Hindi Day Celebration Ideas

Explain the beauty of the Hindi language and about Hindi divas to your children. Gift them books that help them to learn Hindi easily through simple words.

  • Participate in social media discussions about Hindi divas and those on the theme of the Hindi diwas day celebration. Share your ideas on how more people in India and the world can learn and speak Hindi.
  • Watch Hindi movies along with the whole family. Similarly, have a Hindi antakshari competition in person or virtually with your friends and relatives.
  • Organize Hindi essay writing and speaking competitions in schools and communities. Let children, adults, and teachers share their ideas about Hindi divas.
  • Watch Hindi Diwas day celebrations, conferences, and seminars and share the updates with your children.
  • If you are new to Hindi, start learning Hindi from this Hindi diwas day. Learning a new language helps keep your brain sharp and healthy. Learning Hindi protects our cultural identity as Indians.

 Facts about Hindi

  • Hindi is the third most widely spoken language in the world in its form of Hindustani (Hindi + Urdu).
  • Along with India, people of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, South Africa, Fiji, and Mauritius speak Hindi.
  • States in India – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and the union territory of Chandigarh and the National Capital Territory of Delhi – are together called the Hindi Belt. These states contain a greater number of people who speak Hindi as their mother tongue.
  • Many words in English are derived from Hindi. Avatar, Bangle, Bungalow, Guru, Khaki, Karma, Jungle, Nirvana, Punch, Shampoo, etc. are all derived from Hindi.
  • The term Hindi originates from the Old Persian word Hendi, which refers to people living in the Indo Gangetic plain. The term Hindi and Hindu trace back to Sindhu, which implies the river of India in Sanskrit. 

Importance of Hindi Diwas

On Hindi Diwas day, the Government confers various awards such as Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar and Rajbhasha Gaurav Puraskar to significant contributors to Hindi literature.

Even Ministries, PSUs, and Government Sectors are given the Rashtra Basha awards on Hindi Diwas.

हिन्दी दिवस
हिन्दी दिवस

Difference Between World Hindi Day and Hindi Diwas

World Hindi Day is celebrated on the 10th of January every year. It is celebrated to spread the significance of Hindi across the globe. It was the idea of the Former Prime Minister of India Mr. Manmohan Singh. 

  • Hindi Diwas date or National Hindi day date: 14th September
  • World Hindi Day Date: 10th January

Quotes on the Hindi Language

The question of Hindi is the question of Swaraj.

Mahatma Gandhi

Hindi is the national language of India and if I am asked to name the only language for India, it is definitely Hindi.

Kamaraj

Hindi is the soul of Indian culture.

Kamalapati Tripathi

Hindi is the link of unity of the country.

Dr. Zakir Hussain

Hindi is not only the national language of India, it will also be the official language of democratic India.

Rajagopalachari

Hindi is a powerful language; The more it grows, the more the country will benefit.

Jawaharlal Nehru

Hindi Gifts

Give these Hindi gifts to your friends, children, near and dear to make the Hindi Day meaningful. You could also encourage children to learn Hindi using these Hindi gifts. Learning a new language keeps mind sharp, thus these Hindi gifts will serve as good gifts for your elders too.

What are your Hindi day celebration ideas? Let us know in the comments.

Hindi is our national language,

Speak it every day

And on this day of Hindi Diwas, 

Encourage everyone to speak in Hindi.

Swetha Prasanna Gangavarapu

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