On June 23, fifteen Spanish-speaking countries participating at the Expo Yeosu 2012 in South Korea, including Mexico, celebrated “Spanish Language Day ”. The Mexican booth at the event showed a great turnout of attendees.
The “Spanish Language Day” is celebrated on the first Saturday at the beginning of each Summer since 2009 by countries in the Spanish-speaking region to promote Spanish culture worldwide. Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay were the countries hosting the celebrations this year.
The celebrations kicked off with an official inauguration ceremony including ambassadors, government representatives and pavilion directors of the participating countries, and a promotional video showing images related to seven Spanish words—Hola (Hello), Gracias (Thank You), Agua (Water), Vida (Life), Oceano (Ocean), Fiesta (Festival), and Amigo (Friend).
Following the inauguration ceremony, a series of cultural activities were also held in celebration of “Spanish Language Day” by the fifteen participating countries, including Spanish language classes held at the pavillions of each of these countries, Latin dance classes, a Spanish song contest, and grand prize drawings with give aways such as dinner coupons for restaurants.