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The International Day of Peace, sometimes called as World Peace Day is a special day which is observed on 21 September. This day is specifically declared for reducing violence in the world. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and followed by many nations, groups and people which is declared by the united nations.

Why is it celebrated?

It was introduced in 1981 but the resolution was brought and passed in 2001 to fix the date on 21 September which also became the day of non-violence.  The general assembly has devoted this day to strengthen peace among all the nations and people.

The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” This theme says about the spirit of togetherness that promotes respect, safety and dignity for leading a better life. This year the International Day of Peace will focus on engaging people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. It will remind people of common humanity ultimately. The theme is based on together global campaign which brings togetherness among all countries.

This day is celebrated to encourage people to work in cooperation for attaining worldwide peace. Events and activities are organized each year on this day to educate and implement the program of peace among nations.

The themes for the years from 2011 are

  • 2011 – Peace and Democracy: Make your voice heard
  • 2012 – Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future
  • 2013 – Focus on Peace education
  • 2014 – Right to Peace
  • 2015 – Partnerships for Peace: Dignity for All
  • 2016 – The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace

How is it celebrated?

Various events, workshops, educational conferences, knowledge program’s, art exhibitions, are conducted globally on the occasion of the peace day. To be truly able to celebrate this day, one must think of helping others, and be against war and non violence. Let us not produce destroying material and learn the art of gifting.

In 2017 this day will highlight solidarity with refugees and migrants and show the benefits of migration to economies and nations which lead to cooperation among nations and people. people can help new refugees and migrants by making friendship.

some of the activities include Lighting candles, Peace prayers, organizing tree planting program, peace walks, flying doves in the communities, keeping silence for a minute and similar kind of events are conducted on this peace day. Events may vary from private gatherings to public concerts including large number of audience. The Secretary-General will mark this day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the japanese Peace bell and maintaining a minute of silence.


The dove is the symbol often associated with international day of peace. The dove flying with an olive branch in its beak is one of the most commonly featured symbols for the day. The dove also represents Hope for Peace. Generally dove is represented as a messenger and in this case a messenger of Peace.


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