From Narmad to Now: Celebrating Gujarati Language Day

From Narmad to Now: Celebrating Gujarati Language Day

On this Gujarati Language Day, let's dive into the reasons for this celebration and take a peek at Ahmedabad's unique way of marking the occasion.

Amidst the whirlwind of globalization, local languages can easily fade into the background. But here's the twist: the Gujarati language isn't just any language. Holding the sixth position in the ranks of India's most spoken languages, it stands tall as a guardian of Gujarat's rich history and vibrant culture.

Preserving this linguistic gem isn't merely a task; it's our duty to ensure that the radiant spirit of the Gujarati language illuminates a path for generations to come.

Why celebrate Gujarati Language Day?

Every year on August 24th, the birth anniversary of Narmadashankar Lalshankar Dave, better known as Kavi Narmad, we gather to celebrate Gujarati Language Day. It's a day when we honor not just the poet who contributed a lot to the language but also the Gujarati language itself. Narmad is considered the father of Modern Gujarati, and his love for the language was inspiring.

But this celebration isn't only about looking back; it's about holding onto the magic of Gujarati— a language which holds the stories of our land, the tunes of our people, and the dreams of many generations. By celebrating Gujarati Language Day on Kavi Narmad's birthday, we keep his legacy alive, making sure the wisdom he shared and the ideals he believed in still echo in our hearts.

Ahmedabad's bright tribute

Right at the center of this celebration is Ahmedabad, adding its own special touch to Gujarati Language Day. Ahmedabad is making sure that our language stays alive and vibrant. Dotted across the city, you'll notice signs in government offices, public areas, and many spaces, also written in Gujarati, along with English and Hindi. It's a way of saying that Gujarati is part of who we are.

And that's not all. Ahmedabad is taking big steps to keep our language strong. Authorities had recently suggested that every primary school in the state should teach Gujarati. This way, the language won't just survive; it will thrive, and be passed down to the generations to come.

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