Every year on Sept. 21, the United Nations and people all around the world celebrate the International Day of Peace. For this Wednesday’s celebration, the UN will support the push toward world peace with the 2016 theme, “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”
The UN inducted the peaceful holiday back in 1981, devoting the day to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”
There are plenty of ways to promote peace to recognize the global holiday. From meditation groups, peaceful marches, art exhibitions and educational conferences, many places around the globe are offering fun and inspiring ways to spread non-violence. There’s even a Peace Day Global Broadcast streaming online all day to give people a look at how others are celebrating throughout the world. Check out an events list here to see what events are offered in your area.
Help spread the peace on International Day of Peace with a few inspiring quotes:
"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." – Buddha
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa
"I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings." – Mahatma Gandi
"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.” – John Lennon
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." – Martin Luther King Jr.
"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." - Nelson Mandela
“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV