German Language Day

Although German Language Day is not observed in Germany as a public holiday, it is a day that honors the German language and encourages its spread both in Germany and around the world. This day is observed on the second Saturday in September and celebrates a language spoken by over 130 million people worldwide.

It is a language widely spoken in the European Union, and according to popular statistics, approximately 10% of all books are published in the German language. This day is an excellent opportunity to spread the word about this language, to learn more about its history, or for non-speakers to take the time to learn it.

Interesting Facts About The German Language

If there is one thing that this day should highlight, it is the fact that German is a language with a rich and storied history. To prove that point, we have listed some interesting facts about this language below that we hope everyone finds interesting.

  • German is the 11th most widely spoken language in the world.
  • German is the official language of 5 countries in the European Union.
  • It is also a minority language in a large number of countries, including Brazil, Switzerland, and the U.S.
  • German has many compound words.
  • The Brothers Grimm wrote the first detailed German dictionary.
  • In a 2004 survey conducted by the German Language Council, Habseligkeiten was voted the most beautiful German word.
  • The German language has three genders: feminine, masculine, and neuter.

Observing German Language Day

German Language Day is a day for people to learn more about this language and to teach others about it around the world. In Germany, it is not a public holiday, so businesses operate according to normal business hours. People can spread the word about this day by using the hashtags #GermanLanguageDay or #TagDerDeutschenSprache on social media.

Where is it celebrated?
Germany (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
September 14 Saturday
Next year (2025)
September 13 Saturday
Last year (2023)
September 9 Saturday