International Translation Day Date in the current year: September 30, 2016

International Translation Day International Translation Day is an annual observance held on September 30. It was formally established by the International Federation of Translators in 1991, although the celebrations have been held since 1953.

The International Federation of Translators (FIT) is an international organization that unites translators, interpreters, and terminologists from all over the world. It represents over 80,000 translators in 55 countries. The FIT closely collaborates with UNESCO.

Ever since its establishment in 1953, the FIT have been promoting the idea of a professional holiday of translations and interpreters. In 1991, the FIT launched the idea of an officially recognized International Translation Day. The observance is designed to promote the translation profession and to strengthen solidarity of the translation community.

The date of September 30 was chosen because it is the feast day of Saint Jerome. Saint Jerome translated most of the Bible into Latin (his translation is known as the Vulgate), that is why he is venerated as patron saint of translators.

Each year, the FIT selects a new theme for International Translation Day. All participants are encourage to hold events and activities linked to the current years' theme.

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