Global Family Day

In the United States, there are quite a few holidays that are observed on the 1st of January, with the most notable one being New Year’s Day. However, the one holiday that really stands out on this day is probably Global Family Day. This positive holiday encourages everyone to think of the whole of mankind as their extended family.

It’s a day that realizes humanity can only survive if it comes together as one family. If we can’t do that, then we’re surely doomed. And this holiday reminds us of this very simple fact to encourage us to spread the message of unity and peace.

The History of Global Family Day

This day first began in 1997 when the United Nations General Assembly decided to launch the International Decade for the Culture of Peace & Non-Violence for the Children of the World—to begin at the beginning of the new millennium. In the United States, Linda Grover began as the primary promoter of this holiday.

Another promotion for this event was the book “One Day in Peace,” published on January 1, 2000. The plot of this book revolved around a single day in the future where there was no war, only peace. In 2001, Global Family Day was created as an annual event.

Important Facts About Peace

To help people observe Global Family Day and to spread the word of peace, we thought we’d take a few moments to talk about some of the things that we know about peace and peace-adjacent subjects. We think the following cogent facts will help people not only understand this holiday better but also understand the importance of world peace for all of our security.

  • The International Day of Peace was established by the UN in 1981.
  • In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was established.
  • Research shows that countries with more women in government tend to have less defense spending and more spending on social programs.
  • The wealthier a country becomes, the less likely it is to experience civil war.
  • Research has shown that UN peacekeeping has shortened wars, limited civilian suffering, and reduced the likelihood of the recurrence of war.

Observing Global Family Day

Global Family Day can be observed by promoting peace for the day. This can be done through seminars, webinars, exhibitions, and other events. It can also be done through political campaigning, the creation of petitions to stop various wars, or other such acts.

People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #GlobalFamilyDay to encourage other people to participate in peacebuilding activities.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 1 Monday
Next year (2025)
January 1 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
January 1 Sunday
Relationships & Family