The United Nations has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. To celebrate, for each month this year, you’re invited to view greetings for different languages.

For June, we feature the languages French and Swahili:


Traditional New Year’s Day Blessing:
Seigneur, nous te remercions pour l’année écoulée et nous t’offrons la nouvelle année. Je te rends grâce pour mes enfants et petits-enfants. Garde-les dans ton amour et révèle-leur ton visage de joie et de miséricorde. Que le Père, le Fils et l’Esprit vous bénissent maintenant et à jamais. – Lord we thank you for the year past, and we offer you the new year. I thank you for my children and grandchildren. Keep them in Your love and show them your face of joy and mercy. May the Father , the son and the Spirit bless you now and forever. Amen.

Swahili (Kiswahili)

Habari za siku nyingi? – What is the news of many days?

To find out more on the International Year of Indigenous Languages, visit their website below:

The International Year of Indigenous Languages

Image Elephant Herd Tanzania obtained from Max Pixel. Used with permission.