International Translation Day

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Saint Jerome

Confessor, Doctor of the Church

Born ca. 347, Stridon, on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia

Died 420, Bethlehem, Judea

Venerated in Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism, Oriental Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism

Major shrine Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Rome

Feast West: September 30; East: June 15

Attributes lion, cardinal attire, cross, skull, trumpet, owl, books and writing material

Patronage archaeologists; archivists; Bible scholars; librarians; libraries; schoolchildren; students; translators


St. Jerome, by Lucas van Leyden

International Translation Day is observed on September 30, St. Jerome's Day [[1]].

Throughout the world, St. Jerome, the Bible translator, has always been considered the patron saint of translators and interpreters (and their associations) have celebrated the occasion on the days and weeks (and sometimes months) nearest to 30 September.

Ever since FIT (the International Federation of Translators) was established in 1953, St Jerome’s Day celebrations have been encouraged and promoted by the FIT Council and Executive Committee in an ad hoc fashion. It was not until 1991 that the Public Relations Committee of FIT launched the idea of an International Translation Day.

The FIT Council took up the idea and decided to suggest to FIT member associations that they join forces and show their solidarity on St Jerome’s Day in an effort to promote the translation profession in their own countries (not necessarily only in Christian countries). This is an opportunity to display pride in a profession that is becoming increasingly essential as borders are tumbling worldwide.'s International Translation Day Celebration started in 2007. In cities everywhere, translators met to celebrate their profession at a series of powwows [[2]]. Collectively, this was the largest worldwide online gathering of translators ever. Messages were exchanged from powwow to powwow, offering a chance to say Hi! to other colleagues around the world and laying the foundations for a new tradition at with the celebration of powwows.

This year the tradition will be continued. Linguists will be gathering in powwows [[3]] or meeting online to honor their professions. Join the celebration - propose or sign up for a powwow [[4]]

Celebration in 2017

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