World Religion Day (Third Sunday in January):
World Interfaith Harmony Week (First week of February):
International Day of Peace (21st September):
The International Day of Peace, a.k.a. “Peace Day” provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared
Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense.
International Day of Peace is also a Day of Ceasefire, personal or political. Take this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire would mean to humankind.
September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.
Zero Waste Week (2nd – 8th September)
Zero Waste Week invites you to reduce landfill waste and save money. Find out more: http://ht.ly/oyhd9
Sewa Day (6th October):
Sewa Day will be taking place on 6 October. The Sanskrit word ‘Sewa’ means ‘selfless service’. The aim of Sewa Day is to provide people a chance to give back to the local community through volunteering on a single day to make a difference. For more information and to get involved visit: www.sewaday.org
One World Week (20th to 27th October):
One World Week is a Development Education Charity. Each year,
The Week is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally. Visit the website for more information, advice on planning local events and other resources:
Mitzvah Day will be taking place on Sunday 17 November. Mitzvah Day is a Jewish led day of social action around the world thousands of people take part in hands on projects to support existing charities and to build stronger communities. The goal is to reduce hardship and poverty and to help the environment. People are encouraged to volunteer for projects in their communities and anyone can take part regardless of their background. See www.mitzvahday.org.uk
Interfaith Week UK (November):
The three aims of the Week are:
- Strengthening good inter faith relations at all levels
- Increasing awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighborhoods and to wider society
- Increasing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs
Inter Faith Week is for everyone. Some of the many kinds of organisations who have participated in previous Weeks include faith communities and their places of worship, community and voluntary groups, inter faith bodies, youth groups, schools and SACREs, institutions of further and higher education, local authorities and other public agencies, sports organisations, museums, businesses and workplaces, TV and radio stations and many others. Inter Faith Week 2013 will take place from Sunday 17 – Saturday 23 November, for more information please visit: