3rd annual International Day of Peace Celebration - Olympia, WA
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Heritage Park (5th & Water St.)
Noon to 5pm
Kite making & flying, music, a Bhuddist Peace Walk around Capital Lake at 3pm, a singing bowl concert at 4pm.
The International Day of Peace was first celebrated officially in Olympia, WA in 2010. Douglas Mackey created the first event around the Global Day of Listening on Sept. 21st. The Global Day of Listening has occurred every month since then, with special emphasis on the equinoxes and solstices. It consists of connecting people around the world to talk and listen to one another via computer, skype and phones.
On Sept. 21, 2010 the Global Day of Listening was the center piece of the first International Day of Peace Celebration held in Heritage Park (5th & Water St.), Olympia, WA. There were peace flags made with the word, or symbol, for peace in languages of nearly 100 countries and peoples from all over the world. Approximately 85 kites were made and flown at the park during the day in solidarity with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers of Bamiyan Province who fly kites as a ritual in their country. On a map of countries hosting celebrations, two countries conspicuously not marked - Russian & China. http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/
Along with the above, music played, world-wide conversations were broadcast over large speakers, an Earth ball was rolled around the lawn during the day, peace stamps printed out peace flags, the Bhuddist Peace Fellowship lead a Peace Walk around Capital Lake and there was a singing bowl concert, the ethereal music of which could be heard at the top of Court House Hill. The finale was a communal parade with 20 ft. white doves around a map of the world on the park lawn while singing. http://www.rootsandshoots.org/
It was a festive atmosphere for all concerned. We hope the community will help build on our success by including more each coming year.