Hindi Diwas is celebrated annually on 14th of September across India to promote Hindi and to create awareness about the language. This day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the adoption of Hindi (the Devanagari Script) as one of the official languages of the Republic of India. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.
Hindi is used by around 258 million people and it is recognised as the 4th most spoken language in the world.
i.Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru designated 14th September as the Hindi Diwas to mark the day when the Constituent Assembly gave the official language status to Hindi in 1949.
ii.The 14th September 2020 also marks the birth anniversary of Beohar Rajendra Simha, the illustrator of the original final manuscript of the Indian Constitution.
i.Usually the President of India presents the Rajbhasha Gaurav Puraskar and Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar to the people for their contribution and excellence in the hindi language.
ii.The Department of Official Language under the Ministry of Home Affairs have released the list of the winners of Rajbhasha Gaurav Puraskar and Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar 2019-2020.
iii.Every year from 14th September to 21st September “Rajbhasha Week” or Hindi Week is celebrated and schools and colleges organise various activities and competitions to celebrate hindi diwas.
The Department of Official Language has canceled the events and celebration of Hindi Diwas 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.