Russian Language Day 2023: Significance, History, Facts

Russian Language Day or UN Russian Language Day is observed on June 6 every year. It was due to the efforts of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that the day began to be observed with the aim to celebrate cultural diversity and multilingualism. The day also honors Alexander Pushkin, a Russian poet considered the father of modern Russian language, who was born on the same day, i.e., June 6.

Russian Language Day 2023 Upcoming Events

Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for Russian Language Day for the next 5 years.

Event Date Day
Russian Language Day 2023 June 06, 2023 Tuesday
Russian Language Day 2024 June 06, 2024 Thursday
Russian Language Day 2025 June 06, 2025 Friday
Russian Language Day 2026 June 06, 2026 Saturday
Russian Language Day 2027 June 06, 2027 Sunday

Russian Language Day 2023

Event Russian Language Day 2023
Date June 06, 2023
Day Tuesday
Declared by UNESCO
Purpose To celebrate cultural diversity and multilingualism

Significance of Russian Language Day

The need was considered to establish a day that celebrates multilingualism and culture diversity and also to promote the equal usage of official working languages of the UN. Russian is one of the six official UN languages, the other five being Spanish, French, English, Chinese, and Arabic. While 6 June was chosen as UN Russian Language Day, other days are established for observing the other official languages as well.

Check out all UN official language day below.

UN French Language Day: 20 March

UN Chinese Language Day: 20 April

UN Spanish Language Day: 23 April

UN English Language Day: 23 April

Russian Language Day: 06 June

UN Arabic Language Day: 18 December

Russian Language Day History

The initiative of the UN Language Days was launched in February 2010 with the aim to give equal status to all official UN languages. Under the initiative, it was decided by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization that June 6 will be observed as Russian Language Day. June 6 was chosen to honor Alexander Pushkin which was his birth date. Pushkin was a renowned poet, novelist and playwright who is considered the father of contemporary Russian literature.

Russian Language Day 2023 Celebration

All over the world, there are more than hundreds of millions of people who speak Russian language. But it still is considered a difficult language to learn and to encourage others it is celebrated under the name Russian Language Day. Many cultural events, reading events, plays, etc. are organized in observation of the day. People can celebrate the day by watching Russian movies or reading books or poems of Alexander Pushkin or other renowned poets. Try and learn more about the history and culture of Russia and Russian language.

Interesting Facts About the Russian Language

Here are some interesting facts about the Russian Language that we bet you didn’t know. You can share them with your family and friends and encourage them to learn more about this beautiful language.

  1. Like many other languages, stress patterns have quite an effect on Russian language as well. How you stress on a particular word can change the meaning of the word entirely.
  2. Russian language has more words for the shade of blue than in any other language.
  3. There are a total of 258 million Russian speakers in the world but only 154 million are native speakers.
  4. After Bengali, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, English, Spanish and Chinese, Russian is the eighth most-spoken language in the world.
  5. Not only Russia but Russian is the official language of Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan as well.
  6. Ancestors of the modern Russians spoke dialects of the Old East Slavic language which was related to the dialects of other East Slavs up to the 14th century.
  7. Russian is the language of space along with English and astronauts are required to learn Russian as part of their training program.
  8. Origin of the Russian language is derived from Cyrillic script. Alphabets of the Cyrillic script are closely based on the Greek alphabet.


Question 1: Why Russian language is considered important learning?

Answer: First and foremost, Russian is considered as the language of space. Not only this, the language has also played a major role in some groundbreaking advances made by humankind.

Question 2: Is UN official language day different from international language day?

Answer: There are 6 different UN official languages day but the international language day is observed on 21 February to highlight the significance of linguistic diversity and multiculturalism.

Question 3: What countries have people who speak Russian language, officially or unofficially?

Answer: Russian is the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and unofficial lingua franca in Estonia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Latvia, Lithuania, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Leave a Comment