Peace Day … Everyday
By Jean Paul Peretz
For the second consecutive year, Camino de la Paz organized the San Miguel celebration of the UN International Day of Peace with the theme of Partnerships for Peace–Dignity for All.
Fri, Oct 2, 6:30-8pm
Rinconada de la Aldea 29
RaPaz, a rap-for-peace meet, was held on September 18 at El Sindicato. Local kids from the colonias came to listen and rap with their friends and cheer Querétaro rap celebrity El Triste. This gringo did not understand much of the lyrics, but the word paz kept coming up and songs were dedicated to love, peace, and dignity. “Exactly what rap should really be about,” said El Triste.
On Sunday, September 20, about 50 adults and children started the day with a silent Walk for Peace with banners proclaiming, “Peace is Possible.” They arrived at the organic market on Ancha de San Antonio with a joyous noise, where the main event was taking place, and hung their peace banners and signs.
The opening circle literally tied people in knots. People connected by elastic strings expressed one word of peace, then inscribed them on a beach ball while cooperating to keep it floating.
Tables usually used for produce were occupied by various non-profits such as Rotary, Ojalá Niños, the Prem Rawat Peace Education Program, and San Miguelenses Unidos.
Others displayed artisania for sale to profit charities.
One row was laid out with a 100m long Rollo de Paz (roll of peace) where people could write or draw their expressions of peace. Another area was dedicated to yoga, Qi Gong, and healing arts.
The centerpiece of the day was the World Café, a table for dialogs around three questions: What does peace mean to you? How can you help? And what is your vision for peace in San Miguel and beyond? The results will be shared with the community.
Many other activities entertained and informed young and old. Vertical recycled gardens and mandala painting for the kids, peace graffiti murals by Nadie for the artists, a very popular tai chi workshop with bamboo sticks by Lydia Wong, theater by CASA, music by Billy White and Rosa Guadalupe, presentations about Education with Love, work in prisons, and Peace Education.
Now the goal is to keep the momentum and consciousness of peace going year round and reach as many people as possible from every walk of life so that peace keeps spreading.
One way for people to experience peace for themselves and help others is to attend the upcoming Peace Education Program workshop. The next course will start October 2. It will run for five weeks on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm and will be located at LifePath, Rinconada de la Aldea 29. The course is free but space is limited. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon possible to reserve your space even if you missed the first session.
More info about this program at www.TPRF.org
For more information, contact www.facebook.com/CaminoDeLaPazSMA or www.CaminoDeLaPaz.org.