International day of peace was established through a united nation resolution in 1981. The first celebration was held a year later and was traditionally celebrated on the third Tuesday on the month of September each year until the year two thousand and two. This is when the date was permanently changed to the twenty first day of September.
In making it a permanent date, the United Nations intended for this day to be marked with non violence and a global ceasefire be observed by all. Since inception, this day has been marked by millions of people the World over and different activities are organized to commemorate it.
Among the people who take part in the commemorations include various nations, military groups and the general public as well. Inaugurations starts by ringing a giant bell located at the UN headquarters in the city of New York. The bell was made from coins collected from all continents across the world, apart from Africa.
Across all religions namely; Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, a white dove signifies tranquility. The dove has been used to represent many things among them the hope for calm and tranquility. Individuals can also wear white doves in their costumes in order to pass this same message.
Observance is marked in terms of global activities. Activities may be in form of private gatherings, public forums or even concerts. All these have one similar theme; tranquility and the need to live with one another without conflict.
Individuals planning to mark the international day of peace can take part in various activities including; walks, prayers and also lighting of candles. Art exhibitions, picnics and interfaith ceremonies promoting a similar message are also highly encouraged. Youth organizations World Wide have been involved in marking the event each year since its inception. Individuals can celebrate the International Day of Peace by observing a minute of silence at noon on this particular date.