Celebrate International Peace Day in San Miguel

By Robin Loving Rowland and Barbara Johnson

For the second consecutive year, San Miguel will celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace with a four-day celebration that will stretch from outlying colonias into Centro with the theme of Partnerships for Peace—Dignity for All from September 18-21.

In 2001, the United Nations declared September 21 the International Day of Peace, a day celebrated around the world and devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all individuals, cultures, and nations.

The United Nations has invited all nations to cease hostilities during the 24 hours of September 21, and to celebrate peace through education and sensitization of the public about themes related to peace.

Local events will be free to the public and will be presented in English and/or Spanish.  They are being sponsored by Allende la Cultura, Camino de la Paz, the City of San Miguel de Allende, Efecto Pigmalion, El Sindicato, Ojala Ninos, Rotary Clubs, Shelter Theatre, and Tianguis Organica San Miguel de Allende.

Activities will include Aikido, an anti-bullying presentation; art; sponsor exhibits; creating community through the development of vertical gardens from recycled materials; mandala making; massage; meditation; music; movies; mural making; peace education; poetry; Qigong; reiki; community building through soccer; Tai Chi; a Walk4Peace; a World Café; and yoga.

Setting up the Walk4Peace, organizer Michael Latriano quoted Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn, who was nominated by Martin Luther King for a Nobel Peace Prize, as saying, “The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, we walk in peace.”

Latriano further went on to say, “Peace is something we can contemplate every day. Walking meditation is one of the ways to contemplate peace.  Our Walk4Peace will generate the energy of peace and solidarity in San Miguel. Please join us by walking in mindful unity. Peace is the outcome.”

International Peace Day program

Fri, Sep, 18, 4:30 pm, Aikido (The Art of Peace) Defensive Martial Art Demonstration, Youth and Adult (Wear comfortable clothing.) Rosales 11, Colonia San Antonio

Fri, Sep 18, 5 pm, Freestyle Hip-Hop Rap for Peace Demonstration with DJS, youth (all are invited to participate.) Sindicato, Recreo 4

Sat, Sep 19, 4-8 pm, soccer tournament for community building for peace, youth and adults, Parque Allende, Calle Valsco de Quiroga at Calle Fray Juan de San Miguel, Colonia Independencia

Sat, Sep 19, 6-8 pm, live music for peace, all ages, Parque Allende, Calle Valsco de Quiroga at Calle Fray Juan de San Miguel, Colonia Independencia

Sat, Sep 19, 7 pm, movie for peace, all ages, Parque Allende, Calle Valsco de Quiroga at Calle Fray Juan de San Miguel, Colonia Independencia

Sun, Sep 20, 10am, Walk for Peace, all ages (bring banners of peace, if you would like.) from Rinconada de la Aldea Peace Pole to TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 11am, opening circle, all ages, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 11am, peace education, youth and adults, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 11am – 4pm, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Mural making (express peace with your signature and/or a message such as a poem or an image.) Yoga, Qigong, massage (including reiki), exhibits, art vendors, all ages

Sun, Sep 20, 11am – 4pm, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Vertical garden building with recycled materials to build community, mandala making, children

Sun, Sep 20, 11:30am, presentation of activities, all ages, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 11:30am, anti-bullying presentation, youth and adults, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 12pm, World Café—What does peace mean to you?  What do you personally contribute to peace?  What have you seen that contributes to peace? All ages, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 2pm, meditation for peace, youth and adults, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 2pm, Instrumental and Voice Peace Meditation Music by Billy “Blanco” White, All Ages, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 2:30pm, peace music/poetry, all ages, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 2:30 pm, Peace Education, youth and adults, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 3pm, Tai Chi for peace, all ages, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 3:30pm, Hip-Hop Rap for Peace Recognition Ceremony, youth, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 3:30pm, Shiatsu massages for peace, adults, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Sun, Sep 20, 4pm, Closing Ceremony, all ages, TOSMA, Ancha de San Antonio 32

Mon, Sep 21, 12pm, Moment of Peace Wherever you are! All ages


 

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