Peace Day Philly is a daylong celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace, falling this year on Saturday, September 21. The day itself is preceded by a week of events at various locations throughout the Philadelphia area. The following is excerpted from the Peace Day Philly website, which includes information about the history and conception of the day itself:
Peace Day Philly is a grassroots initiative that promotes local participation in the United Nations International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”), a worldwide day observed annually on September 21. The Peace Day Philly initiative welcomes organizations, neighborhoods, community groups, schools, law enforcement, civic leaders and individuals to participate in this global day by creating and participating in peace and non-violence activities on and around September 21 in the Philadelphia region.
Personal, local and global levels of peace are interconnected – mindfulness and action in one area affects another area. We welcome Peace Day activities that involve or explore the interconnectedness of several levels of peace.
Peace Day Philly aligns with the sustained work of the United Nations and many NGOs across the world working to build a “Culture of Peace.”
A full listing of events, ranging from charity walks to art exhibitions to film showings to block parties and more, can be found at www.peacedayphilly.org/events/.