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Tri-Cities Celebrates International Mother Language Day

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RICHLAND, WA - People from all around the world came together Richland in Richland to shed some light on diversity in the area. 

Turkish, Chinese and Arabic were just a few of the languages being represented Sunday to celebrate International Mother Language Day.

The yearly event was held on the P.N.N.L. campus.
     
It aims to bring awareness of different languages around the world and the importance of keeping them alive. 
       
It is hosted by the Three Rivers Folklife Society.
     
International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO back in 1999 and has been ob severed every year since then on February 21st. 

"America is a place of, as they say intermixing so that is not happening and that is what we want, to know what others are doing so then they appreciate their language they appreciate their culture," said Sandip Dasverma, Event Coordinator. 

Children dressed in traditional Indian clothing showed off cultural dances as well as Chinese and Turkish performers. 

Organizers hope to bring the event back every year and include cultures from the more than 40 different languages, they say are represented in the Tri-Cities. 
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