Father Christmas has come under attack this Christmas by some parents on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, causing people to question whether he really can speak many different languages.
He was appearing in a grotto at a local museum, where parents were asked to pay £2.50 for their children to meet him, however some of them didn’t believe that they were getting value for money when they discovered Santa only spoke English!
In Anglesey, nearly three quarters of the inhabitants speak Welsh, but unfortunately Saint Nick seemed to form part of the remaining quarter of the inhabitants who don’t speak Welsh. Some parents, whose children speak Welsh as their first language, complained to the local council because this Father Christmas was unable to speak to their children in their mother tongue. Their argument is that their children should be able to speak to the jolly old man in Welsh because they are not as confident or comfortable speaking in English.
In recent years the Welsh assembly has plunged money into Welsh language resources in an effort to promote its usage. A nation fiercely proud of its heritage and culture is also keen to ensure that Cymraeg does not fade away. Not just that though, the aim is to give this minority language equal importance in all areas possible. According to the Welsh Language Act 1993 and the Government of Wales Act 1998, the Welsh and English languages should be treated equally in the public sector. However, although many shops employ bilingual signage, Welsh still rarely appears on product packaging or instructions. Does this show that the Welsh language still has a way to go before it can be considered equal? Can it ever be on an equal footing in a [...]