We have been on a roll here, celebrating Independence Day, Labor Day, Women's Equality Day, Read A Book Day, Grandparents Day, Teddy Bear Day, World Peace Day, etc. - all with much fanfare and gusto.
|Non-Violence, bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd|
Our latest cause of celebration this October 2, International Day of Non-Violence, is a personal favorite. Peace on earth and good will to all is a valuable belief to uphold.
Neither is this sentiment limited to Christmas or Christians. We are all in this together and it is what the world needs now.
This sweet phrase encapsulates the warm hearted joy synonymous with the holidays - conveying implicit hope, a spirit of generosity, and kind compassion toward others.
The International Day of Non-Violence falls on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi - leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
In 2007, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution that commemorates this day as an opportunity to “disseminate the message of non-violence” with the goal of “securing a culture of peace, tolerance and understanding”.
The knotted gun sculpture outside the UN Headquarters in New York City was commissioned by Yoko Ono to commemorate John Lennon.
Reuterswärd made this sculpture after his friend, the singer and peace activist, was shot dead in 1980. Lyrics from Lennon's composition Imagine, live on to inspire and sustain us.
To celebrate the occasion, here are some inspired words from some of today's best known peace leaders.
Peace be with us all always!