Sometimes it’s a challenge to find peace in our own lives, let alone in the world. But peace is one of the things to which all humans should at least aspire. Created by the United Nations, the International Day of Peace (or World Peace Day) on Sept. 21, is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. At a time when war and violence often takes up all the oxygen in our news cycles, the International Day of Peace is an inspiring reminder of what we can create together. Peace. We’re all worth it.
How to Observe International Day of Peace
Observe the global Minute of Silence at noon
In 1984, the NGO Pathways To Peace inaugurated the Minute of Silence at noon in each time zone, resulting in a “Peace Wave” around the world. Individuals, organizations, communities and nations are invited to participate in this shared and practical act of peace-building on September 21.
Host a global peace feast
Bring people together with a 'global' potluck, encouraging your friends and neighbors to share a unique dish from another country or culture. Breaking bread together is one of the oldest yet most effective ways to bring peace into your life. Interfaith and intercultural discussions can make the evening even richer.
Synchronize your meditation
Whether it's at the office, the yoga class, or on-line, take five minutes to focus on world peace with others. We promise, everyone will walk away calm and feeling great!
Why International Day of Peace is Important
It connects us to each other
Nations and communities around the world struggle with poverty and disease, education and healthcare. The International Day of Peace reminds us that regardless of where we come from or what languages we speak, we are more alike than we are different.
It reminds us to believe in something bigger than ourselves
We can get caught up in the day-to-day of work and family. But sometimes, it's healthy to reflect on how communities and nations need to get outside our comfort zones. We can have peace when we make an effort to see someone else's perspective or, put another way, to "walk a mile in their shoes."
It demonstrates that small actions can make big impacts
A minute of silence. A vigil. Yoga. A poetry reading. Small acts today, done in community and dedicated to a more peaceful world will change the conversation.