International Day of Peace is being observed across the world on September 21 this year. The United Nations began celebrating the day in the year 1981 to promote the ideals of peace among all the countries and people of the world. From 1981 onwards, the day is marked on the third Tuesday of September in the year 1982.
Two decades later, in 2001, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared the occasion a day of non-violence and a ceasefire.
At first, the day was celebrated in 1982 by many nations, political groups, military groups and people. In 2013, then UN Secretary-General dedicated it to peace education.
The day begins with the ringing of the United Nations Peace Bell at its New York Headquarters. Interestingly, the bell is made from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa, which were gifted by the United National Association of Japan.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION 2022:
Every year on the International Day of Peace, the UN invites all nations and people to commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. Also, the United Nations asks people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the day on September 21.
This year the International Day of Peace was observed on September 16, 2022, at United Nations Headquarters. The Secretary-General and President of the General Assembly rang the Peace Bell at the event.