Peace Day Happening Saturday
By Robin Loving Rowland
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, September 18-21.
Day of Peace
Fri, Sep 18 – Mon, Sep 21
Various locations, primarily TOSMA
Ancha de San Antonio
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 Theater, 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.
Organizer Michael Latriano quoted Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn, as saying, “The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, we walk in peace.” Some of the featured activities will be presentations on mindfulness by Cati Demme, who says that mindfulness can be an antidote to aggression and violence.
“By training in mindfulness, we can train our minds and reconnect to our hearts, our bodies, and our spirits, and take responsibility for ourselves and actions, and once again regain control of our lives and our enjoyment of living in the present,” said Demme.
Rotary is one of the cosponsors of the event, encouraging everyone to engage, educate, and empower people to take paths of peace. Rotary began in 1917 for the purpose of advancing peace in the world through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Their most significant project has been to eradicate polio in all but two countries in the world. More than 650 cities in the world have been named Rotary Peace Cities, and Rotary has Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at seven universities around the world.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the TOSMA and Parque Allende locations. For more information, contact www.facebook.com/CaminoDeLaPazSMA or www.CaminoDeLaPaz.org.