Universal Hour Of Peace

The Universal Hour of Peace is a holiday observed on January 1st every year. This hour has been observed for over a quarter of a century to remind people of the importance of peace for us as individuals and as a world community.

Warfare has always been destructive to society, but thanks to nuclear weapons and other technologies, the possibility of a war ending the human race is more real now than it has ever been. That’s why all of us need to become good stewards of peace and do everything in our power to ensure that we strive for and maintain peace.

The History of Universal Hour of Peace

This holiday hour was created by Dr. Barbara Condron of the School of Metaphysics during the early 1990s. The first celebration of this hour was on October 24th, 1995. This coincided with the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. In 1996, it was moved to January 1st at Noon GMT.

Important Facts About Peace

Below are some facts about peace that we would like to share with everyone celebrating the Universal Hour of Peace. We know that just about every reasonable person on the planet wants peace, and that’s why all of us need to strive toward it.

Before we can do that, however, we first have to have a better understanding of it. We hope the following points will illuminate this subject a little more.

  • People have been working towards peace as long as there has been war.
  • According to international law, war can only be engaged in self-defense or under the authorization of the UN Security Council.
  • Recent studies show that gender equality makes societies more stable and more peaceful.
  • Economic development usually goes hand-in-hand with a period of peace.
  • The International Day of Peace falls on September 21st every year.

Observing Universal Hour of Peace

People can participate in this holiday in several different ways. They can join a candlelight vigil, meditate, organize an event dedicated to peace, or simply write a story about peace.

People can also take the time to talk to their representatives in government and address their concerns about their policies. And, of course, people can spread the word about this day using the hashtag #UniversalHourOfPeace on social media.

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