On February 21, 2011 the activists of European Belarus civil campaign were reading books in the Belarusian language in the Minsk metro. They also congratulated passers-by on the Mother Language Day and presented books to them, Ffight.org reports.
International Mother Language Day is held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999: the idea belonged to the delegations of Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bengali, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.
Belarus, Lithuania and Russia were among the first co-authors and the most vocal supporters of the resolution’s adopting.