Peace Day in the World and in San Miguel de Allende
By Kenia Acosta
Each year, the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) is observed around the world on September 21, a day the UN has declared to be devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace everywhere.
Sun, Sep 21, 12-6pm
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To inaugurate Peace Day each year, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at its headquarters in New York City. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all around the world and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan as “a reminder of the human cost of war.” An inscription reads: “Long live absolute world peace.”
On Sunday, September 21, millions of people around the world will be participating in events to celebrate this year’s Day of Peace. At noon, in every time zone, a moment of silence will be held, sending a “peace wave” around the world.
San Miguel is also joining in the celebration. Camino de la Paz, a local organization of Mexicans and expats dedicated to fostering peace in Mexico, will be organizing an extraordinary gathering on September 21 at the Instituto Allende. There will be art exhibits, movies, children’s activities, live performances, music, guest speakers, presentations by peace organizations, food, meditation, yoga, and a global broadcast of similar peace-themed events from around the world.
Your effort can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a kind deed for someone you don’t know. Or, if you want to get more involved, your efforts can include getting your co-workers, business, church, community, or government involved in an existing Peace Day event. You can also share your thoughts, messages, and photos to commemorate Peace Day on social media.
Your participation does make a difference. Indeed, a recent study on Peace Day 2013, conducted by McKinsey & Company, revealed that 470 million people in 200 countries were aware of Peace Day that year. The study went on to state that approximately two percent of the people aware of Peace Day (4-8 million) behaved more peacefully in their own lives as a result, thereby improving the world for thousands of others. That is equivalent to the entire population of Libya or Nicaragua.
Peace Day is also a day of cease fire—both political and personal—a day to make peace in your own relationships, with your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Who will you make peace with?
If you want peace to become a way of life in San Miguel and Mexico, consider becoming a member of the Peace Day community by volunteering for local peace organizations such as Camino de la Paz.