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The International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, is a national holiday observed every year on 21 September. How will YOU join in the International Day of Peace celebration? I thought I would share a few ideas to get you started!
Make Love Not War!
There have been many times over the years that I have thought I was born in the wrong decade. I really should have grown up in the sixties as part of the ‘Make Love Not War’ movement. Long flowing skirts, Birkenstocks and a bowl of granola would have made this peace loving girl very happy.
I realized something, though…peace is a concept that should not be associated with only a certain era and a particular type of individual. In order to truly achieve peace in our world (if that is even possible) we ALL need to embrace the concept!
The International Day of Peace
Well, the United Nations passed a resolution in 1981 declaring September 21st as The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”). By doing so they hoped to encourage all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal.
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It has grown over the years to include millions of people all over the world, and each year events are organized celebrate this special day. Celebrations in honor of peace can be as small as the lighting of a single candle or as large as a public gathering with thousands of people. Not sure how to recognize this day? Why don’t you find an event and bring a little bit of peace to your corner of the world!
Join in the International Day of Peace
1. Write a poem for peace…whether you publish it in the paper or just stick it on your fridge, get those creative juices flowing!
2. Read a book! Get your book club reading a book about peace and discuss it together!
3. Get your school involved by having the kids enter a drawing or writing competition on what peace means to them. Have them make posters to hang at school.
4. Make a donation to a charitable organization that works towards world peace.
5. Warm up your vocal cords and organize a “Choir for Peace” concert!
7. Blog about Peace Day!
8. Encourage your local media to cover stories about Peace Day
9. Sign the petition to create a Department of Peace
10. Write letters to government officials asking them to support peace!
11. Meditate for peace! Going to a yoga class? Maybe you can inspire the whole class!
12 Engage in a minute of silence at noon on September 21
13. Pray. Send your request for peace out into the universe and hope it makes a difference.
14. Look at your own personal life. Ask yourself who YOU need to make peace with and make it happen.
Personal or political ceasefire
The International Day of Peace is also supposed to be a day of ceasefire – personal or political. Whether it is the silencing of guns during a time of war or merely the act of saying “I’m sorry” to someone you have wronged (purposely or not…) I hope you find your own way to making peace in your life. Global peace may be harder to achieve but we need to start small…
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.