Macedonia marks Macedonian Language Day

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Today is declared the Day of the Macedonian Language, in honor of May 5, 1945 when the then People’s Government of the former People’s Republic of Macedonia adopted the alphabet of the Macedonian language as an official letter.

The Government declared this day the Day of the Macedonian Language at the 130th session held on April 16, 2019.

The proclamation is in honor of the Decision of the People’s Government of the Federal Republic of Macedonia from 1945 for the adoption of the alphabet of the Macedonian language as an official letter and the legalization of the first orthography which standardized the Macedonian language.

The alphabet was created on May 3, 1945 and was proposed to the then government. It accepted and the alphabet was made official on May 5 by publishing it in the daily newspaper “Nova Makedonija”, because at that time there was no Official Gazette where the state published its decisions. The May 5 announcement is considered an official document.

On August 2, 1944, the delegates at the First Session of ASNOM declared the Macedonian language official in the Macedonian state. On May 3, 1945, the Macedonian alphabet was adopted, and on June 7, the Macedonian orthography was adopted, which standardized the Macedonian language and became the language of the state – at that time a Democratic Federal Macedonia which is in communion with other Yugoslav peoples. Everyone had their own state language and Macedonian rose to the level of a state language.

The first standardization was made by Krste Misirkov in 1903, but it did not come to life, except in his book, because there was no state to become a standard language, i.e. to be the language of administration, education, science and culture in general. Standardization was made possible by the creation of the state, with ASNOM in 1944.

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