International Peace Day

 

International Peace Day is a celebration of world peace observed by every country that is part of the United Nations. In particular, it celebrates the idea of a world free from violence and war. During times of war, International Peace Day is shutterstock_9776791often used to support a ceasefire.

The holiday is observed on September 21st of each year, and it is a great celebration for close-knit communities like those with HOAs. HOAs are designed to promote pleasant living, so make sure your association does something to celebrate this special day.

History of International Peace Day

The idea of an International Peace Day was proposed to the United Nations in 1981 by Dr. Young Seek Choue of the Kyung Hee University, and it was sponsored by Costa Rica because Korea was not yet part of the United Nations. In the beginning, the day was celebrated on the third Tuesday of September, and the first International Peace Day was observed on September 21, 1982. In 2001, the United Nations decided to give the day a fixed date, making it the 21st of September, starting in 2002. At this time, they also decided to make International Peace Day a day of non-violence and global ceasefire.

Themes and Events

Each year’s International Peace Day has its own theme. The theme of the first International Peace Day was the “right to peace of people,” and the 2015 International Peace Day’s theme is “partnerships for peace-dignity for all.” In addition, there are many localized peace-related events leading up to International Peace Day, so you may be able to find one in your area.

How Your Community Can Celebrate International Peace Day

It’s easy to celebrate International Peace Day within your community. You could create an International Peace Day celebration on September 21st, which celebrates the year’s theme. Alternatively, you could create your own event, before International Peace Day, that celebrates peace within your community.

For example, if you have a particularly culturally diverse neighborhood, it could be fun and educational to have a celebration for peace and diversity. Everyone could teach a little about their culture because learning about other cultures is one of the best ways to promote peace and understanding.

International Peace Day is a great excuse to plan something fun for your neighborhood, so neighbors can get to know each other better. Whatever event you choose to host, just make sure it promotes peace and non-violence.

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