International Mother Language Day

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VIDEO: International Mother Language Day

Today, February 21, New York State celebrates International Mother Language Day!

On February 21, 1952, Bangladesh fought for its people’s right to speak Bangla, their mother language. To honor that day, UNESCO declared International Mother Language Day. Today, Bangla is one of the non-English languages most commonly spoken in New York. With more than 800 languages spoken at homes across the state, we celebrate our cultural diversity. 

As a New Yorker, you have the right to access state programs, benefits, and services, no matter what language you speak. You can receive free interpretation services and have important documents translated into many languages, when requesting state benefits or services. To learn more about your language access rights in New York State, visit  

The New York State Office of Language Access. Your Language. Your New York State.

Watch the "Know Your Rights" video, available in the following languages, including English:

American Sign Language
Arabic (العربية)
Bangla (বাংলা)
French (Français)
Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen)
Italian (Italiano)
Korean (한국어‎)
Polish (Polski‎)
Russian (Русский)
Simplified Chinese (简体中文)
Spanish (Español)
Traditional Chinese (繁體中文)
Urdu (اُردُو)
Yiddish (ייִדיש)