September 21 – International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace or the World Peace Day – it’s today! With so many uneventful things happening around us, disturbing the peace of our fraternity, commemorating a day as peace day should mean a lot to us. Especially, post the WTC disaster which led to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the bombings of the London Tube in 2005, the Taj Hotel incident in Mumbai, India, the ever growing conflicts between the Israelis and the Palestines, the Cyprus-Turkey quarrel, the wrath of LTTE in Sri Lanka and many other countless incidents that would make this list endless, the want for peace, I guess, has never been more.
So, on this day, let us pledge as wonderful humans of this planet that we’ll see to it that peace is restored.
World Peace Day
The ‘Peace Day’ resolution was passed by the United Nations in the year 1981. The reason for choosing 21 September was because that was the day that the United States General Assembly was formed 36 years ago, in 1945. It was in September 1982 that the first Peace Day was celebrated. The main intention of September 21 is to encourage “practical acts of peace” by individuals, institutes and countries around the globe on one particular date.
While the United Nations itself is devoted towards promoting peace among all nations, by establishing a universal peace day, they are also involving all of the mankind into this campaign for the maintenance of peace not only across nations but also within each and every nation.
“Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace.”
These are the exact words of the resolution that the UN passed in September 1981 when it decided that the world needs a common day to perform peace activities. Every year there are certain ‘Peace Day Highlights’ which take place across the entire world to mark the importance of the day.
You might be wondering as to why we should perform peace activities on one particular day only. The reasoning behind this is pretty simple. Imagine you alone are lighting a candle or maintaining a minute’s silence in order to mark peace. This gives you a moment of inner peace for sure. But at the same time, imagine thousands of candles being lit alongside you and thousands just falling silent at the same time. Just imagine what impact that would create when it happens on one single day across the globe.
Peace would just reverberate given the immenseness of the peace activities performed on one single day. The feeling that we would experience on one day would instil in us that habit of promoting peace day in and day out.
“Rome was not built in one day” – so cannot be peace. But everything has a beginning and The Peace Day had its 30 years ago. We are still building peace and one day we will finish building it completely, just like Rome. As individuals, let us take this day as an opportunity to maintain peace by forgiving each other, while nations will try to maintain peace by following a ceasefire on the Peace Day, also known as the Day of Ceasefire.
If peace prevails, so will humanity, and so will our human kind!