UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the Peace
Day is: “It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count.
Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we
live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies."
This is so very true that I could actually stop here, everything is said. It
supports my idea of education. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed
around the world on 21 September, at least it should be. This imperative day
among many others was established in 1981 by the United Nations; in 2001 a
resolution was established to declare this day a day of non-violence and
cease-fire. I wonder if this resolution will be honoured and if it is, what is
the moral value of it, if fighting continues even worse the next day.
In Cyprus the Worldwide Thought of Peace
will be picked up by Folk Dancers who will reach out their hands to invite
others to dance with them, dance groups from Greek Cyprus, Greece and the Black
Sea. The news have reached me this day that the groups will meet and dance on
three days in the Northern part, on September 1-3 in three different locations
(see at the end of the text); it will not be on the exact day but I don’t think
that matters at all. Please watch out for details in Cyprus Observer Cultural
I don’t want to discuss peace here, we all
know its values and the urgent need for it, but I want to find out what the
establishment of such International Days stands for. In
the course of one year you are ordered to concentrate and celebrate special
days considered worth of worldwide observance. In August and September there
are about 25 days listed for reasons that take me through all kind of emotions,
from frowning to shaking my head, sadness and a fit of giggles. Let me pick out
the remarkable ones: In August there is the International Beer Day, what for?
People are drinking beer every single day of the year. International Lefthanders
Day, what is that good for, they are recognized, aren’t they?....The Day for
the Remembrance of the Slave Trade…I wonder what kind of people are getting
together on such a day; in September the World Suicide Prevention Day; in the
same month: the International Right to Know Day….can that be true? What about
this young man sitting in Moscow after having told the world what we think is
our right to know…. and the Blasphemy Day??…In October the International Day of
Rural Women and the International Day of the Girl Child…ahh in October the
World Kindness Day and some days later the International Day of Tolerance. Why
can we not try and be kind and tolerant every day?
There are also whole weeks and months of remembrance
established for example breastfeeding or ….haaa in November: National Novel
Writing Month…people from all over the world trying to each write a 50.000 word
novel in a month.
Let me see… whole year dedications for 2013:
International Year of Water Cooperation….that sounds good for us in Cyprus…and
for 2014, I find the International Year of Family Farming plus a Year of
Crystallography, whatever that means. It even goes further in both directions,
here into decades, most probably for the serious things which you cannot solve
within a year and also hours are dedicated, for example the International Energy
Hour…why only one hour?
What will happen on such occasions? Speeches, speeches
and the appearance of political figures with a crowd of media people around.
And what do we normal people do on such days? Most people don’t even know about
it, except it concerns them directly, except for such events as the
International Theatre Day which is duly celebrated in Cyprus and to which I am
looking forward to excitedly, or the
Women’s Day with exhibitions and parties.
I mean it is nice to have a reason to celebrate
something but it always needs people who do the thinking and organising. And I
must say, in Cyprus they really set something up for some occasions often
connected with charity.
The Day of Peace, a wonderful occasion to see that in
your own circle of family and friends, your neighbours, peace is celebrated,
husband says to woman: Let’s stop fighting and let’s do something nice
together; that disagreements among friends, brothers and neighbours are
forgotten and respect is established recognising the right to have a different
opinion. That is working on the roots of the evil that prevents peace.
Have a nice Peace Day!
Programme: both evenings at 20:00 hrs
Sep 1 Lefkosa Ledra Palace
Sep 2 Kücük Kaymakli Sports Club