Spanish Language Day (Spanish: Día del Idioma Español), celebrated on April 23, was included in the calendar of international dates at the initiative of the United Nations Department of Public Affairs. In 2010, this unit came up with a proposal to establish holidays for each of the six official UN languages.
Since then, Spanish Language Day has been celebrated annually on April 23, the date of which is dedicated to the death of the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616).
Today, Spanish influence is visible in many countries. Spanish, according to various estimates, is spoken by 450 to 500 million people - residents of Spain itself, the United States, Mexico, countries of Latin and South America, and some states of Africa.