Frankfurt celebrated International Mother Language Day with participation of the Supplementary Classes in the Serbian Language in Hessen and Central Council of Serbs in Hessen in a ceremony held at the Frankfurt City Assembly.

The event took place on 23 February. The Mayor of the city of Frankfurt, Mike Josef, welcomed the audience and expressed his pleasure for being able to address the representatives of as many as 80 different languages living and working in this cosmopolitan city. In his address, Josef emphasized the importance and richness of Frankfurt’s linguistic diversity, which enriched the cultural mosaic of the city.

This ceremony is a significant step in promoting linguistic tolerance and appreciation of different cultures. The audience had a unique opportunity to get to know other language communities that contribute together to the colorfulness of the city of Frankfurt but also of the whole of Hessen. After the opening ceremony, the fair enabled further contacts and experience exchange.

The fair presented language schools, supplementary classes and bilingual kindergartens. Biljana Bukinac and Dijana Avdić warmly welcomed the audience on behalf of the Supplementary Classes in Serbian and Central Council of Serbs in Hessen. Supplementary Classes in Serbian also had a stand presenting their previous activities, as well as the beauty and diversity of the Serbian language. In addition to propaganda material, the stand offered textbooks, interactive language quizzes, student works and a presentation on the history of Serbian.

It was a great pleasure to represent one’s country and language in such an important place, and Supplementary Classes in Serbian warmly thank Dijana Avdić, president of the Central Council of Serbs, for the invitation and the trust shown. We sincerely hope this initiative becomes a tradition.

Source and photo: Radio Television of Serbia – Biljana Bukinac