Each year, International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Annually, HI USA has been joined by HI hostels around the world to host various events in celebration of promoting peace. If you can’t make it to one of our hostels on September 21st, don’t fret! Here are 8 other ways you can celebrate the UN’s World Peace Day.
1. Create origami doves
Originating from the story of Sadako Sasaki, an origami crane is a commonly known as a symbol for world peace and has recently become the universal symbol of the UN’s International Day of Peace. On September 21st, show your support for world tolerance and peace by folding an origami crane, writing or drawing a message of peace on it, and then displaying it somewhere for everyone to see!
2. Create a “Masterpeace”
Whether you’re by yourself, with a few friends, or in a crowd, show your support for this international movement by taking a picture with a peace sign. This is your time to get creative while supporting peace around the world so make it count! And don’t forget to post your photo on social media using the hashtag #worldpeaceday so everyone can see your masterpeace!
3. Ask strangers to sign a map of where they are from
“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” – Bill Clinton
Sometimes it can be easily forgotten that our world is a melting pot, where different people of different cultures share ground every day. A task for the brave: go up to strangers and ask them to sign a map locating where they’re from. Then ask them about the place where they’ve signed, maybe even request a cool story. By doing this, you are truly celebrating what International Day of Peace is all about– learning and accepting cultural differences from around the globe.
4. Learn how to say ‘Peace’ in other languages
If one word is important to know in any language, we think it’s “peace”. Check out this list of ways to say peace in different languages and see how many you can pick up.
5. Watch top films about peace
On the calm Monday night of September 21st, we understand you may just want to relax at home and watch a movie. Well, that doesn’t have to stop you from participating in world peace day. Check out this list of the top 10 movies to watch about war and peace. And if you’re really committed to the movement, we recommend The Day After Peace, a film about the International Day of Peace and the efforts it took to start this worldwide celebration. You can watch the trailer here and the film for free, online here.
6. Listen to a peace playlist on Spotify
If you’re driving in your car, going on a run or even just doing some laundry around the house, pull out your speakers and listen to this peace playlist created by Spotify France! A perfect mixture of French and American songs of peace will truly get you in the spirit of global unity and peace understanding.
7. Cook a traditional meal from another country
What better way to learn about a culture and than to eat like a local. This may feel like a small effort for promoting peace, but eating a traditional international meal can help you understand the lifestyle and resources of that country. On top of that, sharing this meal can even encourage you to meet new people, have conversations, and aid the movement for cultural understanding and universal peace.
8. Visit an HI USA hostel and Sleep for Peace!
HI USA hostels bring together travelers from 100+ countries which often provides a new perspective on global issues and world cultures. And that’s what Sleep For Peace is all about: an annual celebration of what happens in the hostels every day. On the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21, HI USA will be joined by HI hostels around the world to host various events in celebration of promoting peace. For more information, visit: http://www.hiusa.org/sleep-for-peace
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