On this day, all French speaking communities of the world unite to celebrate the beautiful French language, by organizing events and contests. There is an "Olympic games of the French language" tournament via the Internet where French speakers around the globe sign on to this website: olyfran.org, and compete for big prizes by testing their French language skills. Also, France culture will show a 24hr long program on the French language (www.franceculture.fr). These events and many others all center around celebrating, and honoring the beautiful French language. Here are some quick facts:
French is an official language in 29 countries, most of which form la francophonie (the community of French-speaking countries). It is an official language of the United Nations agencies and a large number of international organizations. So learning French can be a great act of diplomacy! The official website of the International Day of Francophonie is www.20mars.francophonie.org/-2013- but be warned, bring your best French because it's all in French! It is a good way to practice.
There is a contest going on right now on the official Francophonie organization page on Facebook (for French speakers): Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). You must take the quizz and if you win you get a cool prize.
(A ceux qui parlent Francais: participez au concours sur la page Facebook "Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)" pour gagner une des 30 compilations de jeunes talents francophones).
Happy International Day of Francophonie!