September 21 is International Peace Day. Wear White!

After Lisa at Zeebra Designs & Destinations wrote a post on August 9 2012, about the parade she saw in Ecuador, where hundreds and hundreds of citizens dressed in white walked quietly down the streets “to bring awareness for peace”  a few of us decided to wear white on International Peace Day.

We’d love you to join us by wearing white on Friday.

Walk for Peace 2005

In 1982 the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that September 21 to be the International Day of Peace,

a day to reflect on the unconscionable toll — moral, physical, material — wrought by war.

Did you know that the root causes of many conflicts are directly related to, or fueled by, valuable natural resources, such as diamonds, gold, oil, timber or water?

World leaders will be meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for this year’s observance of the International day of Peace to discuss this year’s theme i.e. “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future


Remember all you have to do to show your solidarity is to wear white on Friday.

There will be events such as Interfaith peace ceremonies, peace walks, picnics and tree plantings. Check your local listings.

Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He came to L.A. in 2005.

This post is part of Soul Dipper’s  Occupy Blogosphere  which she holds every Thursday

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27 Responses to September 21 is International Peace Day. Wear White!

  1. Beautiful post! Well done! Lisa///z

  2. Yes, a beautiful post! I was unaware of International Peace Day until now. I’ll see if I can find a white top to wear on Friday. Sadly it’s true that many conflicts are over valuable natural resources – what a pity. Surely we can do better!

    • dearrosie says:

      How very nice to see you here again Barbara. Welcome back 🙂

      Thank you for joining us. We can do better. First step is awareness.

      Too many people think “who cares I don’t live there, it’s not my problem”.

      They forget we’re all living on the same little world.

  3. It’s a shame we have to set aside a day to be aware of world peace. It should be every day. I think alot of people are aware of peace, want peace, and out ways to be involved. I hope there’s a good turnout in LA. I haven’t seen any mention of it in New York, the HQ of the United Nations!

    Wonderful post Rosie, and thoughtful of you to educate us and encourage us to participate.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hello EOS,
      Thanks for your lovely comment. Oh gosh imagine a world that didn’t need to designate a day for peace, because it was already a peaceful place. 🙂
      Perhaps 99.9% of us want such a world, but unfortunately there are too many greedy people who don’t give a damn about human life. For instance the recent movie on “Blood Diamonds”? After I heard what it was about I couldn’t see it. Did you?

  4. sybil says:

    I wish I could believe that anything is going to change, but greed and oil and self-interest rule this world.

  5. Not only will I wear white on that day, but I’ll be especially peaceful.

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    Great find and reminder!

  7. munchow says:

    Thanks for bringing awareness to the International Peace Day. Despite the fact that I have covered the event many places and many times, I still wasn’t aware of the date. May it be a peaceful day for most people in the world!

  8. souldipper says:

    May this day be the Queen of Peace Day so it reminds us to practice peace every day in all our affairs.

    Thanks for sharing this very important reminder on the Occupy, Rosie. Perfect.

  9. I wish I had’ve known this in time to participate…next year 🙂

  10. Kathy says:

    I admire Thích Nhất Hạnh and have enjoyed a couple of his books over the years. Wonder if I wore white last Friday…hope so. Does wearing a white sweater today count?

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Kathy,
      If Thích Nhất Hạnh (you spell his name the correct way!) ever comes to your part of the world for a Peace March you should join it. I’ve gone twice. I felt the energy for days afterwards.

      I wrote my post early in the week thinking it would give people enough time to read it and organize their wardrobes, I’m so sorry you missed it. Next year!

  11. Your are an inspiration. A beautiful post that fits perfectly in today’s events. The world is crying for peace, for joy, for hope and happiness. We owe it to our children that in their generation, things will be better. That they too are entitled for a peace of kingdom on Earth. I wish to share the comment I made as a response to your sharing.

    “I was walking along a pier very much like the one on the top picture – and I remember thinking, hey that’s Island Traveler and there’s his son and oh my isn’t his son a good looking kid.”

    Your thoughts brought tears of joy and hope. Thank you my friend. There are times I am reluctant to share my pain so I would rather share my happy moments and the blessings I received. The world already have so much pain and suffering , and I adding more seems not fair but sometimes I would like others to know as well as relate that I am just as human as anyone else. I have my share of heartaches and everyday is one more step to heal each wound. I hope and pray that my son and his generation will not experience the same fate. That all there is to suffer, we already encountered during our generation. God bless you and your family. I hope to dream something like the one you had and in it all of us having the purest of happiness, light and peace.

    • dearrosie says:

      My dear friend IT,
      We do owe it to our children to change our ways and leave them a better world. Imagine a world where everyone can live in peace, a world with clean pure air, a world where no one goes hungry where everyone can feed their kids…

      Thank you for sharing the comment I left on your blog. It was a lovely happy dream to see you and your son, and the first time I’ve ever dreamed about a blogging buddy 🙂 I was surprised at first to see your son’s beautiful face, because you never show it to us on your blog, but I realized you wanted to share more of yourself with me, and my heart filled with love.

      I understand that you feel you can only share happy times on your blog, but really there’s nothing wrong with owning up to personal suffering too. You have such an enormous following of readers I’m sure they’d all be there understanding and supporting you. I was astonished how much support and love I received from bloggers – strangers I’ve never met – after my beloved Mother passed away last year.

      My love and blessing to you and your family.

  12. eof737 says:

    It was a special day and I was glad to see that so many came out in support of the effort this year. 😉

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