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Peace Day Celebration Unites Us

By Jean Paul Peretz

This year, Peace Day is ushered in by Semana de Paz, a four-day forum for secondary students organized by Regidora Lolita Rosales, Lic. Dulce Ortiz and Juan Saavedra from Municipal Education, and Dr Rodolfo Prieto from Guanajuato State Education. For four days, 2,500 students from five municipalities will participate in a wide range of activities from health to nonviolence education at CBTis 60 preparatoria, El Sindicato, and Teatro Ángela Peralta. Some of them will join our local celebration on Wednesday, September 21.

Peace Day Celebration
Wed, Sep 21, 11:30am–5pm
Jardín Principal and Parque Juárez

Starting at 11:30am in the Jardín with a benediction from Padre Briones, Parroquia priest, and Imam Wafik Darwich of the Querétaro Muslim community, people will walk peacefully around the Jardín and on to Parque Juárez.

Activities will start there at 1pm with Ron Smith from Santa Fe Learning leading team games that encourage trust and promote communication, and Lydia Wong´s Tai Chi helping people concentrate and cultivate calm.

Throughout the afternoon, we´ll enjoy music celebrating peace from Lynx Big Tooth Maple (David Garza), singer songwriter of Voodoo Chile fame; Almitri, gypsy guitarist; and singers Jean Pascal and Yoremem. Later, Jose Luis Mendoza from Allende la Cultura will introduce “chavos” from the outlying colonias who will rap for peace.

The Children’s World Peace Organization will lead children and adults in universal peace songs and dance. Students from CBtis, fresh from their forum, will perform. Jalil Aragon will facilitate a World Café about peace, a technique for group exchange in small groups.

Attendees will also participate in silent meditation, visit the Audubon Butterfly garden, and draw or write their expression of peace at the “Laundry for Peace” table.

During the entire week, Bacco Theater will play peace-related movies, culminating on September 21 with the award-winning documentary Inside Peace.

NGOs and institutions such as Jovenes Adelante, Children’s Art Foundation, Prem Rawat Foundation Peace Education Program, and Rotary Clubs of San Miguel, as well as Ninaji Indigenous Comics, Via Organica, Transicion, Soka Gokai, Instituto de la Mujer, Ojala Ninos, and ITSES will present their programs at tables around the kiosk.

Of course, no celebration would be complete without local food prepared by parents from the campo and colonias.

At 4:30pm, San Miguel Mayor Ricardo Villarreal will dedicate the future site of the newly approved peace monument, followed by a closing ceremony lead by indigenous “feather dancers” from Valle de Mais and Alicia Mayo.

At the end of Peace Day, everyone will return home with a little more hope in their hearts and a little more joy and confidence that together we can learn and help live in peace in this beautiful town and all around the world.


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