Global Family Day is an annual celebration observed on January 1st of every year. People all over the world find no time to spend with their family. The reason varies with person to person due to their work, living atmosphere, and so on. This Day is celebrated as the global day of peace and sharing in the United States. Spending time with the family members has reasonably reduced in recent years. To change this scenario, Global Family Day has been established. The Day aims in promoting peace and sharing. The purpose of this Day is to make all the families gather as one single society on the first day of every year to welcome the New Year.
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu
History of Global Family Day
The year at which the Global Family Day was first celebrated is not exactly known. The origin of this Day is unclear. However, many people believe that this Day begins with the proclamation of the United Nations General Assembly’s first year of the millennium to start the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World in 1997. This resulted in the celebration of One Day in Peace and, consequently, with the Global Family Day. Hence this Day is also known as One Day of Peace and Sharing. Thus, the first day of the year has been made as a day for recognizing how peace is promoted both locally and globally. The UN General Assembly’s declaration made in 1997 started with the theme “One Day of Peace” which was then observed on the first day of every year.
A formal invitation to all the United Nations member states was sent in 1999. It encourages them in participating and celebrating the first day of each year as a unique time in promoting peace and sharing. Irrespective of language, religion, country, race, political affiliation, Global Family Day encourages all the people to share the love with each other and spend this time in peace. Originally the Day was supported by Linda Grover’s efforts in the United States to promote the date. The efforts include a 1996 children’s book by Steve Diamond and Robert Alan Silverstein named One Day In Peace, January 1, 2000. The book was later translated into 22 languages. The United Nations General Assembly in 2001 has established this Day as an annual event.
Other Celebrations on January 1
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How to Celebrate Global Family Day
Celebrating Global Family Day is quite simple. The primary thing to be done on this Day is by gathering in families to share love and peace. Spend some time with your family and talk about things. Encourage people around you to spend and share time their family members for a day. You can share your love with others by giving gifts and sharing meals. Make the world a better place to live in by make personal commitments to follow nonviolence. You are allowed to spread a message of peace among all sort of people on this Day. Share your family day celebrations on social media using the hashtag #GlobalFamilyDay.