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International Day of Peace
Cultural
Peace, Love and Happiness!

When: September 21st

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Read about how all the famous wars were ended. Don't fight with your brothers and sisters. Say hello to someone with a different ethnicity or religion than you and make a new friend.  Make some quiet time for yourself and indulge in a peaceful moment.
 

Numbers

According to the IEP (Institute for Economics and Peace) Syria's violence has had a negative economic impact of about 60% of the countries Gross Domestic Product. 

Description

Since the world began, human beings have had a desire for peace.  On this day people and nations around the world celebrate a time with no war or violence.  Depending on the time and place, this celebration could come in the form of a cease fire or truce, or something hoped for in the future that is not the current situation.  Peaceful nations often have a higher standard of living and better quality of life for its citizens. Currently Iceland enjoys the status of the worlds most peaceful country according the the Global Peace Index that has been keeping track of such things such as falling homicide rates,  and the number of conflicts the country is engaged in around the world.  The word Peace often conjures up images of the famed "Peace Sign" that was created by Gerald Holtom as an emblem for nuclear disarmament. 

Interesting Facts

  1. The world organization set up to promote peace among nations and it's annual peacekeeping budget is less than 0.5% of global military spending.
  2. Of the 3,400 years humans have been on earth only 268 of them have been peaceful.
  3. One of the most famous promoters of peace is Ghandi and his belief that “Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations in the face of odds.”
  4. The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to 107 individuals.
  5. One of the most common symbols for peace is the Dove. The dove often appears in Christian images of Noah's ark.
     

Information

Observed:
  • September 21st
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