The International Day of Peace is observed on September 21 every year. It was first established in 1981. The UN encourages countries to observe the day by abiding by “24 hours of non-violence”.
This year, the day is a bit more special as it marks 75 years of the International Day of Peace. The theme is “Shaping Peace Together.” India has a vast legacy contributing to world peace. “There is no path to peace, peace is the path”, said Mahatma Gandhi.
International Day of Peace, UN To Hold A Virtual Meeting
Moreover, the UN will be holding a meeting virtually this year because of the widespread of the ongoing pandemic. It has also been released on the official site that since this year the world facing a global pandemic. The day will be devoted to fostering dialogue and collecting ideas.
In a tweet, the United Nations said how the global coronavirus pandemic has reminded and shown the world the ways in which it is interconnected. Additionally, the pandemic has also worked as a reminder that any kind of global challenge can only be overcome by working together.
The Significance Of The Theme
“Shaping Peace Together” is the theme for world peace day this year. The United Nations urges people to “celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the (COVID-19) pandemic.” The pandemic has appears as a common enemy of the world today. “COVID-19 has reminded us that we are all interconnected and need to work together to overcome global challenges.”
Furthermore, the main aim of this theme is to spread hope, kindness, etc amidst the global coronavirus pandemic. The global organization also encourages people to stand with it against people who try to use the coronavirus to promote any kind or type of discrimination, hatred, etc.
Dove The Symbol Of Peace
Various countries and cultures have their own symbols of peace. Only a few are commonly used across the world like the dove and olive leaf. Iconic Spanish artist Pablo Picasso’s ‘Dove of Peace’, was first chosen as the emblem for the First International Peace Conference in Paris in 1949. “it was a traditional, realistic picture of a pigeon which had been given to him by his great friend rival, the French artist Henri Matisse. Picasso later developed this image into a simple, graphic line drawing that is one of the world’s most recognizable symbols of peace”.
The dove was used as a symbol of love and the renewal of life in Greek mythology. Furthermore, it is said that early Christians also used a dove to portray baptism. In the Bible, legend says, Noah sent a dove when the floodwaters receded. The bird came back with an olive leaf. Showing that the Biblical flood was over and that life had returned to Earth. Many Western countries also use the olive branch as a symbol of peace. The Greeks believed that an olive branch meant abundance and drove evil away.