Friday, November 16, 2018

Icelandic Language Day

Icelandic Language Day 
(Icelandic: "day of the Icelandic tongue") is celebrated on 16 November each year in Iceland. This date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of the Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímsson.
The Minister of Education awards the Jónas Hallgrímsson Award to someone who has “in a unique way contributed to the Icelandic language”.
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Jónas Hallgrímsson 

(16 November 1807 – 26 May 1845) was an Icelandic poet, author and naturalist. He was one of the founders of the Icelandic journal, which was first published in Copenhagen in 1835. The magazine was used by Jónas and his fellow Fjölnismenn to promote Icelandic nationalism, in the hope of giving impetus to the Icelandic Independence Movement. Jónas remains one of Iceland's most beloved poets, penning some of the best-known Icelandic poems about Iceland and its people. Since 1996, Jónas's birthday has been officially recognised in Iceland as the Day of the Icelandic Language. On 16 November each year, the Jónas Hallgrímsson Award is awarded to an individual for his or her outstanding contribution to the Icelandic Language.
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Resources: wikipedia
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