The International Peace Day, seldom unofficially known as World Peace Day, is recognized annually on 21 September. It is committed to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be introduced by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was head celebrated in 1982 and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and people. In 2013, for the prime time, the Day was dedicated by the General Secretary of the United Nations to peace education, the key defensive means to reduce war sustainably.
“Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal” – Martin Luther King Jr
To initiate the day, the United Nations Peace Bell is pulled at UN Headquarters (in New York City). The bell is cast from coins provided by children from all regions except Africa, and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as “a warning of the human cost of war“; the inscription on its side reads, “Long live independent world peace.”
History Of International Peace Day
The International Day of Peace was first ascertained in 1981 by a resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session every September. In 2001 the presentation 55/282 was strengthened to make date September 21 the official date annually. It was voted unanimously. World Peace Day is expected to be a day of nonviolence and cease-fire. Today, on International Peace Day there are many celebrations and peace marches to honour world peace in cities and countries global. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has proposed all United Nations departments and agencies to develop their observance, extending a special request to civil society and highlighting the Minute of Silence at 12 noon. The 2004 Peace Day scored the 50th anniversary of the Peace Bell.
Other Celebrations on September 21
September 21 is also celebrated as
- International Coastal Cleanup Day
- International Eat an Apple Day
- International Red Panda Day
- World Gratitude Day
- National Miniature Golf Day
- World Alzheimer’s Day
How To Celebrate International Peace Day
Every 21 September is Peace Day. It’s a day to lay down our weapons in every conflict, from full-on wars to personal spats, and promote the ideals of peace, love, and harmony. Combine billions of your fellow humans around the world by slipping silently at 12:00 noon on Peace Day. Gather together your friends, family, and neighbors and have a Peace Day barbecue or a Peace Day picnic or a Peace Day dinner. For a solid 48 hours, you can watch free, live-streaming, peace-promoting Peace Day events online with PeaceCast. With millions of men, women, and children striving for survival in developing nations all over the world, consider marking this Peace Day with a show of support. Millions have planted trees for peace since Peace Day’s inception. More than just a symbol of tolerance, patience, and renewal, trees have a practical purpose for peace, too. Spread knowledge of Peace Day by phoning your local newspaper, radio station (special set for DJs!), TV station – any media outlet you can imagine. Peace Day is about action as well as reflection. Organize a Peace Day march, walk, game, concert, art exhibit, festival or craft fair. You can use the hashtag #InternationalPeaceDay to post on social media