Today is Hindi Diwas, as Hindi was given the status of official language on the day of September 14, 1949. Since then, it was decided to celebrate Hindi Diwas in the entire country, and every year on 14 September, Hindi Diwas is celebrated.
The World Hindi Conference was held on 10 January 1975 in Nagpur for the promotion of the Hindi language. 122 delegates from 30 countries attended this conference.
हिन्दी दिवस पर आप सभी को बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। इस अवसर पर हिन्दी के विकास में योगदान दे रहे सभी भाषाविदों को मेरा हार्दिक अभिनंदन।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 14, 2020
The increasing popularity of Hindi can be gauged from the fact that today Hindi has become the fourth most spoken language in the world. The number of Hindi speakers worldwide is around 75-80 crore.
- About 77 percent people in India write, read, speak and understand Hindi.
- One example of the increasing desire of the world towards Hindi is that today Hindi is taught as a subject in about 176 universities of the world.
- Apart from India, there is a significant number of Hindi speakers in all countries like Nepal, Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Uganda, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and Canada. Apart from this, there are a good number of people who speak and understand this language in England, America and Central Asia.
- The name of Hindi derives from the word ‘Hind’ in the Persian language. Which means ‘Land of Indus River’.
- Fiji is an island country where Hindi has been given official language status. Due to which they are also called Fijian Hindi or Fijian Hindustani.
- In view of the increasing interest of people towards Hindi, since 2006, Hindi Diwas was celebrated on January 10 all over the world.
- English has also taken many words from Hindi. These include avatar, bungalow, jungle, khaki, karma, loot, mantra, nirvana, shampoo, thugs, yoga, guru etc.
- Bihar was the first in the country to make Hindi the language of office.
- Prem Sagar, a book based on Shri Krishna, published in 1805, is considered to be the first book written in Hindi. It was written by Lallu Lal.
- Hindi is one of the seven languages that can be used to create a web address.