Activities for International Day of Peace
September 21st is the International Day of Peace. While every day should be peaceful, the United Nations General Assembly declared this ‘day’ as special in 1981. In 2001 the General Assembly added that this ‘peaceful holiday’ should also be a day of cease-fire and non-violence. How can you celebrate “Peace Day” with your family?
Be a Do-Gooder
Spend the day helping out others and take the kids to volunteer at a homeless shelter, food pantry or other similar organization. If you don’t have the whole day to spare (or your children aren’t old enough to volunteer), do something simple. Ask your child to share her toy with a friend, draw a picture for grandma or share a smile!
Make peaceful art to celebrate Peace Day. Your child can draw a peace symbol, color it in and add pictures of peaceful scenes inside of it. Another option is for your child to create a ‘peace diorama’. Help him to create a serene scene using paper, paints and clay inside of a shoe box.
Moment of Silence
It’s tradition to light a candle and observe a moment of silence at noon on International Day of Peace. Ask your child to think about a time when she pushed anger or hatred aside in favor of peace while she meditates silently. Afterwards, talk about how something so small as smiling instead of scowling can make an impact and be meaningful to someone else.