International Day of Peace is observed globally on 21st September per annum . The UN General Assembly has declared this as each day dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together.” Celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope within the face of the pandemic. Stand along side the UN against attempts to use the virus to market discrimination or hatred. Join us in order that we will shape peace together.
History of International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. 20 years later, in 2001, the overall Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and other people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues associated with peace.
International Day of Peace Celebration and Activities
You can do many things to commemorate the International Day of Peace on September 21st. The suggestions with asterisks (**) are kid-friendly.
- Stand in a moment of silence at 12 noon.**
- Light a candle in honor of peace.
- Read and write peace poems.**
- Watch the “Peace” video.**
- Sing songs about peace.**
- Read about different peacemakers.**
- Make peace resolutions in your own life and write them down so you can be reminded of them. For example, you can aim to work on your temper or try to curb road rage or smile more often.**
- Plant a peace garden.**
- Give someone a peace lily.**
- Reach out to someone who has angered or upset you, or someone you don’t like very much. Either send them peaceful thoughts or actually make amends with them.**
International Day of Peace 2021 Theme
The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. … Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.
International Day of Peace 2021: 10 quotes of Mahatma Gandhi to remember
- “Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations in the face of odds”
- “Not to believe in the possibility of permanent peace is to disbelieve in the Godliness of human nature
- “Without prayer there is no inward peace”
- “Poverty is the worst form of violence”
- “An India awakened and free has a message of peace and goodwill for a groaning world”
- “There is no path to peace, peace is the path”
- “If we wish to create lasting peace we must begin with the children”
- “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to growth of a true democratic spirit”
- “Indeed a civilian resister offers resistance only when peace becomes impossible”
- “The one condition for fighting for peace and liberty is to acquire self-restraint”