Celebration of language and culture

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THE town’s MP Amber Rudd attended the Hastings International Mother Language Day 2014 event on Saturday (February 22).

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since 2000 in February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, 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.

Chinese Dance

Chinese Dance

Ms Rudd said: “It was a great pleasure to join this event run by Hastings Intercultural Organisation bringing together local faiths and nationalities. It was a delightful afternoon where we witnessed poetry and dancing from across the world.”