Why is International Day of Peace Important?

What is peace? Peace is not quite the absence of violence, the absence of conflict, but the ability to manage conflict constructively. It is an important opportunity for change and increases in understanding. Peace may be a commitment to understanding, celebrating, and learning from the differences. Peace is, additionally, a commitment to “not harm”, but also to nurture, every individual. In simple English, peace means the time without any fights or wars.

Today, on September 21st, the International Day of Peace (or World Peace Day) is celebrated everywhere. This day is widely known to strengthen the ideals of peace, within and among all nations and its people. At a time of unrest and violence, it is a reminder of what harmony can do.

Initially, in 1981, the UN General Assembly first named the third Tuesday of September as International Day of Peace. Eventually, from 2002, the date to celebrate World Peace Day has changed to 21st September, every year.

In 2021, as we are healing from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are inspired to rework our world into one that is more equal, sustainable, and healthier. The theme this year is “recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”.

A common way used to observe Peace Day is by having a “Minute of Silence-Moment of Peace”. It serves the purpose of staying connected with others around the world. The procedure is to stop what you are doing, at 12 noon of whatever time zone you are in, and take a minute of silence as a reminder of your commitment to peace.

International Peace Day is important to the world as it connects all of us together. It reminds us to believe in something bigger than ourselves. It demonstrates that tiny actions can have a big impact.

Aprajeeta Tripathi
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