World Peace Day, which is also known as the International Day of Peace is observed annually on 21st September.
The International Day of Peace was first established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. However, it was only two decades later, in the year, 2001, when the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day of Peace as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.
This day is easy to celebrate all over the world. The United Nations sponsors a variety of events globally, or post a list of various events that one could host in their communities or schools.
One such is the Global Peace Film Festival, however, if you’re not in the United States of America, you can simulate this in any classroom as well by asking the students to suggest films that hold the message of peace. To watch and understand the message as well as write reports to help the students get a clearer picture of what the films were trying to portray would be helpful to the younger generation.
The official hashtag for this day #PeaceDay. It would be used worldwide to promote activities that will be conducted in schools and colleges.
A creative way to celebrate the World Peace Day is through art. Poetry slams, musical tributes to peaceful ways of life, paintings that depict peace and prosperity, along with skits that explain the importance of this day are a wonderful way to increase awareness.
Communities hold debates to talk about how World Peace Day makes a difference in everyone’s lives and has made a difference in their lives through their past days.
Visit Peace One Day as you can watch videos and learn thoroughly more about celebrating World Peace Day to the best of your abilities.
Themes to particular days by the United Nations have an interesting history and World Peace Day is no different.
The theme for 2007 was” – Peace is the United Nations’ highest calling,” in 2008, they decided to tackle human rights and peacekeeping. From 2009 till 2016, the United Nations focused on a variety of things which ranged from education and development for youths, disarmament and democracy.
The right of people to have peace in their life was also a theme in one of the years.
This year, however, the theme for World Peace Day is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”
This year’s theme is based on the “Together” global campaign which promotes safety, dignity and respect for everyone who has been forced to run from their homes in order to survive and find a better life for themselves and their families.
This campaign brings the organizations of United Nations and the hundred and ninety-three countries of the United Nations, along with various private and civil sectors with academic establishments with individuals in a global conglomerate to support acceptance of refugees and migrants all over the world.
To know more about this campaign, click here.
The International Day of Peace will focus on motivating people and assembling them all over the world so they may show support for refugees and immigrants. The messages will be shared with communities that are hosting refugees as well as people concerned that immigrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives. All of this activity could be accessed on social media by the hashtag of #PeaceDay.
Ultimately, it is about bringing people together and reminding them of their common humanity.
Use the hashtag to show support, hold activities in your community to raise awareness and celebrate the peace which is being promoted through various channels.