HOW TO OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
Observe the global “Minute of Silence”
In 1984, the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Pathways to Peace inaugurated the Minute of Silence. At noon in each time zone, this observance of silence creates a “Peace Wave” around the world. Individuals, organisations, communities, and nations are invited to participate in this shared and practical act of peace-building.
Host a global peace feast
Bring people together with a ‘global’ potluck, encouraging your friends and neighbours to share a unique dish from various countries or cultures. 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.
Foster peace through education
Let peace begin at home with you and your family. Teach your children key concepts that promote peace such as conflict-resolution, peaceful dialogue, consensus-building, and the choice of non-violence.
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
We can all contribute to the worldwide culture of peace be that through prayer, advocacy, education, and respecting others. If each of us did one small thing to bring about peace, even each week, think of the global impact this would have!