What is the Significance of a Language that it should be Celebrated?

national language month

Maari rin itong basahin sa wikang Filipino

August is the National Language Month or Buwan ng Wika in the Philippines, commemorating Proclamation No. 1041 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos in 1997.

But then, what is the significance of a language for it to be celebrated?

Celebrating a country’s language also means celebrating the country’s identity, culture, and heritage.

Filipino as the Philippine’s national language is what makes Filipinos Filipinos. It reflects the Filipino culture. Languagemagazine.com says, “We could not understand a culture without having direct access to its language… A particular language points to the culture of a particular social group.”

Not just that.

Embracing the mother tongue, Filipino, also means embracing the Filipino identity. In its web site, the Philippines’ National Commission for Culture and the Arts says that “This national identity is strengthened by the national language as it continues to be developed and enriched by usage even as the Philippines aspires to have an active part in the process of globalization of the economies of the world.”

Moreover, taking on one’s language not only preserves one’s heritage but also plays a vital role for the advancement of a nation.

Looking into the Scriptures, language was very important in unity. Genesis 11:1-9 tells the story of how the people back then moved in unity because they share the same speech.

But though they managed to start building a tower so high in order to make a name for themselves, God saw the condition of their hearts. So, He confused their language and “scattered them from there over all the earth.”

This is a remarkable picture of how language binds people together and how variance in speech can lead to confusion.

But then in the end, it would not matter what language you speak. Philippians 2:10-11 ESV says that “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

This just means that in time, all will be one in the name and authority of Jesus Christ. It will not matter what language you speak or what cultural background you have.

At this time, celebrating language means being grateful for this gift that binds a nation, promoting unity and harmony within. Praise the Lord for the Filipino language!

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