Today is International Translation Day, and this year’s theme (as selected by FIT, the International Federation of Translators) is Translation: Bridging Cultures. Past ATA President Jiri Stejskal wrote a lovely text for the FIT website; here’s an excerpt:
The professional translators, interpreters and terminologists represented by FIT member associations build bridges between cultures and facilitate communication that creates prosperity and cultural enrichment. They are brokers of peace and mutual understanding. They open national literatures to the world. They make international assistance in disaster areas possible. They are the voice of politicians, religious and intellectual leaders, and all other people who influence our daily lives. They are gatekeepers of information. They are cultural ambassadors. They are absolutely indispensable
Beautiful, and true! Happy International Translation Day to everyone, however you plan to celebrate it!