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September 21st is recognized around the world as a day to promote peace and honor humanity. You can celebrate this holiday no matter where you are in the world or who you are with. Celebrate on your own, with family or a group of friends, or join in a community or global initiative to promote diversity and the acceptance of everyone.
Method 1 of 3:
Participating in an Event
1Have a minute of silence to connect with others around the world. People across the globe observe “Minute of Silence—Moment of Peace” on International Day of Peace. At 12:00 noon of whatever time zone you are in, stop what you are doing and take a minute of silence to serve as a reminder of your commitment to peace. X Research source
- Some cities officially recognize this movement. Even if your city doesn’t, you can still connect with people everywhere by participating alone or with a group.
2Participate in a peace march to join forces with others in your area. There is always strength in numbers. Connect with other like-minded people in your community to spread awareness and promote peace in your city and across the world. These events are typically kid-friendly, and you might be able to bring your pets too.
- As it gets closer to Peace Day, begin checking your local area for events taking place near you. Do an internet search for “peace walks near me” to get basic information and details. Also check for rallies and concerts.
- If you can’t find an official event near you, consider starting one. Programs like Be the Peace and Peace One Day help coordinate events so you can get your community involved.
3Experience other cultures by hosting a potluck. You can do this in your own home with friends and family, at work with your coworkers, at your church, or with any other group you are involved in. Ask participants to bring a traditional dish from their home country to share with others.
- Here are some examples of food that people can bring: Tamales from Mexico, poutine from Canada, hummus from the Middle East, pho from Vietnam, lasagna from Italy, pierogies from Poland, or baklava from Turkey. X Research source
4Organize a sporting event to get people involved. Gather a group of friends, family, and coworkers to participate in a friendly soccer match or basketball game at a local field or park. Sports help promote tolerance, acceptance, and inclusion by bringing people from all different backgrounds together, and is a fun way celebrate Peace Day. X Research source
- One Day One Goal is a program that works to promote unity by hosting thousands of soccer matches across the world. If you organize a soccer game, consider registering your event with this program.
- Sport can be considered a universal language. Concepts such as teamwork, fairness, and respect can be understood anywhere, so everyone can be included in your sporting event. X Research source
5Host a human library with a group. It could be a group of friends, coworkers, students, or with your church or club . Everyone is unique and has different backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. Ask for a few people to volunteer to share their story with others.
- Those sharing their stories can talk about their ethnicity or nationality, but also include “non-traditional” sub-groups like single parents, LGBTQ, and those with experience with adoption, homelessness, or unemployment. X Research source
- These subjects can be sensitive, so remember that no one is required to share. Only those who are comfortable should share, and this should be planned prior to the event.
- This is a great way for groups to not only get to one one another better, but to help develop a better understanding and appreciation of others.
Method 2 of 3:
Spreading the Word
1Spread awareness about Peace Day on your social media accounts. Social media may be the only way some people find out that it’s Peace Day. Sharing information and inspiration on all of your accounts is an easy way to get the word out.
- Change your Facebook profile picture to a peace sign or add a Peace Day filter.
- Share an inspirational quote on your wall or story on Facebook or Twitter.
- Post a picture representing what peace means to you on Instagram.
- Use the hashtag #worldpeaceday to share your posts with the world.
2Make peace flags to pass out to others. Cut fabric into 6 inch (15cm) squares. Spend a few moments thinking about peace and what it means to you and/or what you wish for others. Then use markers to write or draw your ideas on the fabric squares. X Research source
- You can use any type of fabric for your project. The color and design of the fabric doesn’t matter, however, the traditional colors for peace flags are blue for the sky, white for air or clouds, red for fire, green for earth, and yellow for water.
- Pass the finished flags out to others to help share the message of peace.
- This is a great project to do with children to get them thinking about peace.
3Spread the word with peace-themed books, movies, or music. You can do this in a classroom, at the library, with a club or church group, or even in the park! Read a book out loud, watch a movie, or listen to music that is peace-themed.
- Read the book Reading the World. Author, Ann Morgan, read almost 200 books from other countries and then retells about them in her own book.  X Research source
- Watch the movie “A Time for Justice” or tune in to PeaceCast online for a 48 hour continuous stream of peace-related videos. X Research source
- Listen to John Lennon’s song “Imagine” or Farah Siraj’s song “What If.”
Method 3 of 3:
Supporting a Peace Organization or Charity
1Volunteer at a charity near you to help and support others. Serve food at a homeless shelter or help out with a community rebuilding project. Keep it simple and help a neighbor who may need help with yardwork or household chores.
- Check with a program like the Red Cross or UNICEF to find events that you can participate in. X Research source
2Donate money to an organization that promotes peace. Every little bit helps. Consider donating to an organization such as Human Rights Watch, EarthRights International, or Interpeace.  X Research source
- Visit Charity Navigator’s website for ideas and information on the best legitimate organizations and charities to donate to. X Research source
3Organize a fundraiser to raise money for a charity that supports peace. Collect donations by setting up a collection jar at your school, work, or a local restaurant, or simply asking your friends and neighbors. If you have the time, plan another type of fundraiser. Fast and easy ideas include bake sales, lemonade stands, yard sales, or car washes.
- Once you have collected the money, donate it to peace organization.
- Celebrate Peace Day on your own by reflecting on how you can bring more peace into your own life. Spend a few moments thinking about this, and then write your thoughts down so you will have the reminder. Think about ways that you can improve your life as well as the lives of others. X Research source Resolve to smile more often. Commit to helping a stranger every day, or asking a question to get to know your acquaintances better. Call someone you have been in conflict with and talk things through.
- Engage in prayer or meditation to experience a moment of peace. Find a place that is calm and comfortable. Perhaps it’s your bedroom or backyard, but you can do it in your car in a parking lot if that’s what you have the time for! Spend a few moments silently reflecting on your life.
- Think about your relationships, recent world events, and the people who have helped you in some way. Think about a time when you felt accepted. Ask yourself how you can help bring peace to your relationships, how you spread love and compassion to others, and the little ways you can help the world. X Research source
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- ↑ https://www.peacecast.tv/viewer-images
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