The International Day of Peace is on September 21st of each year and calls for a full day of peace and ceasefire throughout the world.
On September 21st, 2007, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rang the Peace Bell at United Nations Headquarters in New York calling for a 24-hour cessation of hostilities, and for a minute of silence to be observed around the world. The Peace Bell is cast from coins donated by children on all continents, and considered a symbol of global solidarity. It was given as a gift by Japan, and is referred to as a reminder of the human cost of war. The inscription on its side reads: “Long live absolute world peace.” [ref: wikipedia] The first Peace Day was celebrated in 1982.
Here are some ideas of things you can personally (or as a small group) do on Peace Day.
- Observe a minute of silence at Noon wherever you are.
- Hold a peace vigil and light a candle with some friends or neighbors.
- Imagine something you could do to help make for a more peaceful world… and then do it.
- Learn or retell the story of Sadako Sasaki and her One Thousand Paper Cranes and fold a paper crane in her memory.
- Read about the UN Millennium Development Goals.
- Send a donation to an organization that you think is helping in some way to achieve one of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
- Construct a Peace Pole. A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” usually in a different language on each side.
- Find and share a version of the “Golden Rule“ in a faith tradition other than your own
- Learn about Sister Josetta Walsh and her “World Peace Village“.
- Spend some time browsing the web to see what other people around the world are doing to work for peace.
- Learn or retell the origin of the peace flag.
- Learn to say and write the word for “peace” in another language.
- Play a video game (like “A Force More Powerful“) and develop your skills in effective and active non-violence.
- Read about the Global Marshall Plan.
- Find and put up a poster that helps you imagine a community and world at peace.
- Find and play a cooperative game with a few friends at peacegames.org
- Find and play a game at trainingforchange.org.
- Since this day is also a “day of ceasefire”, try making peace with someone you have a conflict with.
- Go to internationaldayofpeace.org to find an event happening in your area on Peace Day.
- Add your own ideas by commenting on this list.
Also please check out 18 Milestone Events in the Life of Mohandas Gandhi and 20 Quotes from the Nonresistance Front