World Peace.

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?   Let’s see…what is so special about September 21st?

September 21, is the day declared by the United Nations General Assembly, as International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace day, a day devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideas of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.  To inaugurate the day, the “Peace Bell” is rung at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

This year also happens to be the 30th anniversary of World Peace Day and the United Nations Peace Day theme for this year is “Peace and Democracy: make your voice heard.

Global Peace Day events and celebrations were held all over the world.  Peace organizations offered cultural events that included school activities, music concerts, Peace Day comedy, prayer vigils, Peace doves, live internet streaming video and much more.

So yesterday a small group of us decided to gather on the UCONN campus in Storrs Connecticut to give FREE hugs!  We held our signs high and at people passing by and it was truly amazing how open people were to giving and receiving hugs.  It was one of the most moving experiences I have had this year and I’m truly grateful I joined in.

Here are some images I wanted to share with you of our afternoon of giving hugs…For FREE!

Have you hugged someone today?  If not, stop right now and go give someone a hug!  PEACE.

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“Two voices, raised together, call to the hearts of everyone, and let them beat as one.
And in that single heart beat it the unity of love proclaimed and given welcome.” ~ACIM
Here is a quick video clip for you to enjoy!
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  • SharonSeptember 22, 2011 - 9:01 pm

    Catherine, What a great day it must have been. Good for you. Wish I could have joined you all. Peace to you.ReplyCancel

  • SharonSeptember 22, 2011 - 9:01 pm

    Catherine, What a great day it must have been. Good for you. Wish I could have joined you all. Peace to you.ReplyCancel

  • DavidSeptember 23, 2011 - 11:16 am

    Catherine, You always have a way of finding interesting events to be a part of to reach out to others. Keep up the good work.ReplyCancel

  • DavidSeptember 23, 2011 - 11:16 am

    Catherine, You always have a way of finding interesting events to be a part of to reach out to others. Keep up the good work.ReplyCancel

  • jessicaSeptember 24, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    Wow what a great idea! We need to these events more than once a year. Great photos.ReplyCancel

  • jessicaSeptember 24, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    Wow what a great idea! We need to these events more than once a year. Great photos.ReplyCancel

  • Vincent MarxSeptember 29, 2011 - 9:13 am

    I am so impressed with your website, your photos, your blog. It is all so beautiful! You do fantastic work. Of course, I really liked seeing the photos of the free hugs for world peace 🙂 THANK YOU for participating. I can’t wait to get all of the clips and photos from all of the cities and put the video together.ReplyCancel

    • CatherineSeptember 29, 2011 - 9:32 am

      Vincent ~ Thank you very much for such kind words. It means a great deal to me. I am SO glad I participated in World Peace Day I not only opened my arms to give hugs…it opened my eyes to see so many wonderful people who live right around me! I’m hooked and will definitely be apart of this global event each year. I can’t wait to see the video you are putting together. I will post it here for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Vincent MarxSeptember 29, 2011 - 9:13 am

    I am so impressed with your website, your photos, your blog. It is all so beautiful! You do fantastic work. Of course, I really liked seeing the photos of the free hugs for world peace 🙂 THANK YOU for participating. I can’t wait to get all of the clips and photos from all of the cities and put the video together.ReplyCancel

    • CatherineSeptember 29, 2011 - 9:32 am

      Vincent ~ Thank you very much for such kind words. It means a great deal to me. I am SO glad I participated in World Peace Day I not only opened my arms to give hugs…it opened my eyes to see so many wonderful people who live right around me! I’m hooked and will definitely be apart of this global event each year. I can’t wait to see the video you are putting together. I will post it here for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Vincent MarxSeptember 29, 2011 - 10:10 am

    It is so true. I never realized so concretely before how we are all connected until I did my first free hug event last December. I mean, I read about being one in spirit, etc. but giving free hugs to “strangers” really does open your eyes! And it makes you really believe in that 1 true Spirit that binds us all.ReplyCancel

  • Vincent MarxSeptember 29, 2011 - 10:10 am

    It is so true. I never realized so concretely before how we are all connected until I did my first free hug event last December. I mean, I read about being one in spirit, etc. but giving free hugs to “strangers” really does open your eyes! And it makes you really believe in that 1 true Spirit that binds us all.ReplyCancel