8 ways to participate in the International Day of Peace

Make origami cranes

Originating from the history of Sadako Sasaki, origami cranes are commonly known as a symbol of world peace and have recently become the universal symbol of UN International Day of Peace. On September 21 you can show your support for tolerance and peace by putting together an origami crane, writing or drawing a message of peace; Then show it for all to see!

2. Create a “Masterpeace”

Whether you are alone, with  friends, or in a crowd, you can show your support for this international movement by taking a photo with the peace sign. It is time to develop your creativity while showing your support for peace in the world. Don’t forget to tag it on social media with the hashtag #WorldPeaceDay for everyone to see your masterpeace.

3. Ask foreigners to write down on a map where they are from

Sometimes you can forget that our world is a melting pot of cultures, which is shared by different people every day. A task for the brave: approach strangers and ask them to write down where they are on a map. Then ask them about the place and ask them if they could tell an anecdote. By doing so, you will be celebrating the International Day of Peace, in learning and accepting cultural differences from around the world.

4. Learn to say “peace” in other languages

If a word is important to know in any language, we think it is “peace”. Take a look at this list of ways to say peace in different languages ​​and see how many you can collect .

5. Watch the best movies about peace

On the quiet night of Monday, September 21, you may just want to stay home and watch a movie; which does not prevent participating in the International Day of Peace. Take a look at this list of movies about war and peace. And if you would like to learn more about the International Day of Peace, we recommend The Day After Peace, a film about the efforts it took to start this celebration around the world. You can watch the trailer here and the movie for free, online here .

6. Listen to our Peace Playlist – Spotify

If you are engaged in any activity, inside or outside your home, you can entertain yourself by listening to the playlist created by Spotify France. It is a perfect combination of French and American songs to get into the spirit of the date.

7. Cook a typical food from another country

What better way to learn about a culture and to eat like a local. This may feel like a small effort to promote peace, but eating traditional international food can help you understand that country’s lifestyle and resources. On top of that, sharing this meal can even encourage you to meet new people, have conversations, and help circulate cultural understanding and universal peace.

8. Visit HI Hostels

HI Hostels are a meeting point for various nationalities, which can provide a world view with a new perspective on global and cultural issues. That is the intention of the movement #SleepForPeace (Sleep for Peace): an annual celebration of what happens in the Hostels daily. On the United Nations International Day of Peace, on September 21, we will be meeting in Hostels around the world to promote various celebrations that promote peace. 

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