International Translation Day is a time for interpreters, translators (and everyone else for that matter!) to celebrate the importance of connecting people around the world through translation. It is celebrated every year on 30th September on the feast of St. Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin, and who is considered the patron saint of translators.
The celebrations have been promoted by FIT (the International Federation of Translators) ever since it was set up in 1953.
In 1991, FIT launched the idea of an officially recognised International Translation Day to showcase the solidarity of the worldwide translation community, in an effort to promote the profession in different countries.
This is an opportunity to display pride in a profession that is becoming increasingly essential in the era of progressing globalisation.
6 translation stats to kick start the celebrations
1) The 5 most translated languages in the world are English, French, German, Russian and Italian.
2) The Bible, which can be read in nearly 650 languages, is thought to be the most translated publication (and at least one of its Books has been translated into 3,225 languages). Next is the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is available in more than 500 languages.
3) Certain literary classics have also been translated into many languages, such as The Adventures of Pinocchio (available in 260 languages) and The Little Prince (available in 300 languages). Translated into a mere 70 languages, Harry Potter still has a long way to go!
4) About 330,000 people work within the translation industry, not including those who do it informally. The translation industry today is worth nearly $40 billion.
5) According to a UNESCO database called "Index Translationum", which lists all of the books translated in the world, the top 3 most translated authors are Agatha Christie, Jules Verne and William Shakespeare.
6) A professional translator can translate around 250 words an hour. A translator working full time can translate around 520,000 words per year.
Happy Translation Day to all translators and linguists who work every day to close the gap between the many different languages and unite cultures around the world!