The theme for this year’s Peace Day is Sustainable Development Goal: Building Blocks for Peace
International Day of Peace is observed all over the world on 21 September every year to strengthen the ideals of peace among people and nations alike. This day as established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981 was observed for the first time in September 1982.
This year, observing the Peace Bell ringing ceremony at Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon along with a minute’s silence on 16 September, said:
“Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind”.
Why is it celebrated?
International Day of Peace is observed to celebrate and strengthen world peace, calling for ceasefire across all nations and overall non-violence, specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.
How is it celebrated?
Various events, including meditations, workshops, educational conferences, marches, musical celebrations, art exhibitions and gatherings are organised globally as part of the peace day celebration.
The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the day by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. Various women Nobel Peace Prize laureates and the United Nations Messengers of Peace were invited to participate in the ceremony.
Peace Day Celebrations at Mooments
As part of the peace day celebrations, Mooments encourages all to buy gifts, and not guns. To be truly able to celebrate this day in its spirit, one must think beyond non-violence, and how we can help others and put a smile on their faces. Let us bring about peace and happiness all around us! Let us learn to practice the Art of Gifting.