Each year, events take place all around the world for the International Day of Peace. Every Peace Day event provides an opportunity to inspire individuals and empower communities to celebrate victories for peace that have been won throughout the year, and to rededicate our commitment to work for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world all year long.
A Peace Day event can be as simple as lighting a candle or meditate on Peace on September 21. It can be as complex as organizing a Peace Concert for thousands of people. In between, there is a whole scale of events on different levels that might fit your family, group, class, or community.
International Day of Peace is about creating a culture of peace for future generations, and there is no better place to start than with children and youth. There are numerous examples of events and activities that are suited for children of different ages. By asking “What is Peace?” parents and teachers can get children thinking and talking about their own thoughts of war and peace.
Education is a necessary part of the peacebuilding movement. Only by spreading the idea of a culture of peace can we hope to create lasting change. It starts as early as preschool and kindergarten, where small children can learn about peace through art projects and role plays. Older students and adults can learn more through seminars, conflict resolution classes and campus events.
International Day of Peace can be observed by anyone, anywhere. There is no need to get involved in a group or organization to celebrate the day. Simply by meditating on peace or participating in the minute of silence at noon, you are part of the Peace Day movement. If you wish to get others involved, there are numerous examples of activities, such as walks for peace, making origami peace doves, planting trees for peace and releasing peace balloons. You can also organize Peace Day activities at work or in your neighborhood.
Many spiritual traditions are deeply involved in peacebuilding work and already observe International Day of Peace in their community. By focusing the service of the day on peace, or encouraging members to observe Peace Day, spiritual organizations can help spread the message. Individuals can observe the day by meditating on peace, praying for peace or participating in the minute of silence for peace at noon on September 21. Peace Day is also a good opportunity to reach out to other spiritual traditions and come together for a day of interfaith discussion and cooperation.
Art and other cultural activities are powerful ways of observing International Day of Peace. By combining the concept of peace with artistic expressions, there is tremendous possibility to reach a wider audience. In the past, groups and individuals have organized plays, drawing competitions, art exhibitions and more to commemorate Peace Day in their community.
Peace Proclamations are a powerful tool to help spread awareness about the International Day of Peace and the Global Ceasefire. In past years, Heads of State, Governors and Mayors have declared Proclamations of Peace for the International Day of Peace, urging their citizens to observe and celebrate Peace Day. City Councils and State Legislatures have declared Peace Day Resolutions, too.
In many cases, past Peace Day Proclamations and Resolutions were obtained by individuals, families, classes of students, and local organizations, simply by asking their leaders to issue them.
They may be simple to obtain, but proclamations are a powerful tool to use to help raise awareness about the International Day of Peace and the Global Ceasefire in your community. When a Mayor or Governor issues a proclamation it presents an opportunity to have an event at which the proclamation can be presented to the community. It provides a way to get local and regional media interested and involved in the Peace Day campaign.
Few activities are as effective in spreading a message of peace as music and live performances of different kinds. Concerts, dance performances, comedy and theatre are some examples of events that inspire people everywhere to work for peace in their lives. To find a music event being broadcast live or in your area please check our Global Events Peace Calendar.
Media is a powerful tool in peacebuilding work. By getting media involved in International Day of Peace, the message of peace can spread to millions of people all over the world.
Any type of sports activity or health-related event can be turned into a celebration of International Day of Peace. Organizers can dedicate the event to Peace Day and proceeds can go to supporting peacebuilding work. Participants can cooperate instead of competing. And spectators can be encouraged to join in a minute of silence for peace if the event takes place on September 21.