Today we are celebrating International Translation Day, which has been celebrated every September since 1953. The 30th of September was chosen due to the significance of it being the feast day of St. Jerome, one of the first great translators, who is still famous today for providing the first definitive translation of the Bible into Latin, known as the Vulgate. Because of this, he is considered our patron saint of translators.
The day is promoted by the International Federation of Translators, which was set up to show solidarity to the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in different countries.
It is thanks to St. Jerome that we are able to communicate freely in the ever-growing international marketplace through the medium of translation. In fact, we would all be lost without him!