Punjabi Advocate Celebrates 'International Mother Language Day'

We salute all those who have lived and died, loving and honoring their mother tongues....

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic, cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students from different educational institutions such as Dhaka University, Jagannath University and Dhaka Medical College demonstrating for the recognition of their language, Bengali, as one of the two national languages of the then (East) Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka (near High Court), which is the capital of present-day Bangladesh. 
We salute all those who have lived and died, loving and honoring their mother tongues. The martyrs of 1952 Bangladesh who died for the Bengali language are in our hearts today. 
Hope you will celebrate this important week with us and do something profound to honor our beautiful and rich mother language - Punjabi.

Here are a few resources for you to celebrate Maboli Punjabi this week and every day of the year with your children. Enjoy!!!
Yours truly,
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Fascinating Folktales of Punjab is dedicated to publishing high quality Punjabi folk literature for children that is fun, educational and inspiring in Punjabi and English. The project aims to connect children to the Punjabi language and script from a very early age while bringing the stories that are being forgotten back to life. We use all proceeds from the sales of these books to creating more literature.
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This beautiful poem is a children's favorite everywhere in the world.

We have taught it in several camps and classes both in Punjab and in the Diaspora, where the children have quickly understood and memorized it.

This is one poem about Maboli that you would want your children to learn and pass on. There are also several other fun and inspiring videos by other children on our youtube channel. Don't forget to subscribe it for new videos.

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The audio series of our books is there for you so your children can listen as they read along or simply enjoy the stories on a long ride or bed time and be transported to the land where animals and birds, human beings and trees — all interact with each other in the language of love — sweet Maboli Punjabi.

Listen, Share with friends or download for offline listening for free.

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ਸੰਯੁਕਤ ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰ ਗੁੱਟ (ਯੂ.ਐੱਨ.ਓ) ਵੱਲੋਂ 21 ਫਰਵਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਮਨਾਏ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਮਾਂ ਬੋਲੀ ਦਿਹਾੜੇ ਦੀਆਂ ਮੁਬਾਰਕਾਂ। 21 ਫਰਵਰੀ 1952 ਦੀ ਘਟਨਾ ਮਾਂ ਬੋਲੀ ਨਾਲ ਇਸ਼ਕ ਦਾ ਇਤਿਹਾਸਕ ਦਸਤਾਵੇਜ਼ ਹੈ। ਜਦੋਂ ਢਾਕਾ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ, ਜਗਨਨਾਥ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ ਅਤੇ ਢਾਕਾ ਮੈਡੀਕਲ ਕਾਲਜ ਦੇ ਪਾੜ੍ਹਿਆ ਨੇ ਜੋ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਸਮਿਆਂ ‘ਚ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ ‘ਚ ਉਰਦੂ ਤੋਂ ਬਿਨਾਂ ਆਪਣੀ ਮਾਂ ਬੋਲੀ ਬੰਗਾਲੀ ਲਈ ਮੁਜਾਹਰਾ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਸਨ, ਉਦੋਂ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਦੀਆਂ ਗੋਲੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸ਼ਿਕਾਰ ਹੋ ਆਪਣੀ ਮਾਂ ਬੋਲੀ ਦੀ ਹੋਂਦ ਲਈ ਕੁਰਬਾਨੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਗਏ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਹੀ ਸਮਿਆਂ ‘ਚ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਮਾਂ ਬੋਲੀ ਦੇ ਸਪੂਤ ਅਪਣੇ ਸੰਘਰਸ਼ ਨੂੰ ਕਾਮਯਾਬ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਸਕੇ। ਯੂ.ਐੱਨ.ਓ ਨੇ ਬੰਗਾਲੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਮਾਂ ਬੋਲੀ ਨੂੰ ਲੈਕੇ ਕੀਤੀ ਕੁਰਬਾਨੀ ਦੀ ਇਸ ਤਾਰੀਖ਼ ਨੂੰ ਮਾਂ ਬੋਲੀ ਦਿਹਾੜੇ ਵਜੋਂ ਅਹਿਮੀਅਤ ਦਿੱਤੀ।
ਯੂ.ਐੱਨ.ਓ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ ਇਸ ਸੰਸਾਰ ‘ਚ 7000 ਭਾਸ਼ਾਵਾਂ ‘ਚੋਂ 50 ਫੀਸਦੀ ਅਪਣੀ ਕੁਝ ਪੀੜ੍ਹੀਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਹੋਂਦ ‘ਚ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਣਗੀਆ। ਆਓ ਆਪਾਂ ਅਹਿਦ ਕਰੀਏ ਕਿ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਮਾਂਬੋਲੀ ਸਾਡੀਆਂ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲ਼ੀਆਂ ਪੀੜੀਆਂ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਜਿਉਂਦੀ ਰਹੇਗੀ।

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