Let’s try to take a break and think about things that matter!
7th August 2016 – Friendship Day
Friendship Day the first Sunday in August.
(Spanish: Día del Amigo, Portuguese: Dia do Amigo) is a day for celebrating the gift of friendship. Celebrated initially in Paraguay, the first World Friendship Day – International Friendship Day was proposed in 1958.
Thought to have been possibly labeled by the greeting card industry, the day is a time to honor friends and be mindful of the gift of friendship.
The exchange of Friendship Day gifts like flowers, cards and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion.
Friendship Day celebrations occur on different dates in different countries.
A friendship bracelet is a bracelet given by one person (friend) to another as a symbol of friendship.
12 August 2016 – International Youth Day
International Youth Day is observed annually on 12 August. It is meant to be a reminder and wakeup call as well as an opportunity for all people, including governments, and state organizations to bring attention to youth issues worldwide. During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world.
IYD was designated by the United Nations in 1999
2015 International Youth Day: Youth Civic Engagement http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/
Mexican Youth Build Sculpture for Disarmament: UN Photo/Evan Schneider
On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.
The theme of International Youth Day, 12 August 2015, is “Youth Civic Engagement.” The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent.
There has been recent increasing attention and policy and programming focus on youth civic engagement by governments, UN entities, regional and multilateral organizations, CSOs, youth and researchers. As part of its celebrations for International Youth Day, the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, led by the co-chairs, DESA and UNDP, is running an online campaign in the lead up to International Youth Day 12 August 2015.
September 21 -The International Day of Peace, World Peace Day
The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September.
A day to contemplate the dedication to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.
On this day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters (in New York City). The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa, and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as “a reminder of the human cost of war”; the inscription on its side reads, “Long live absolute world peace”.