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International Day of Friendship

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by Chloe Doyle (subscribe)
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You've got a friend in me
Each year, the United Nations organises free events to celebrate & promote mutual understanding and peace between communities and persons. The United Nations Peace Program proclaimed in 2011 an International Day of Friendship for this thoughtful cause. The purpose of this incredible program is based on the idea that if you are to bring people together from all different communities, cultures and countries; that a mutual peace, a building of friendships, understanding & respect will be developed. Rather than building bridges separating us due to individual differences, this act hopes will inspire a peaceful world.
A rose for all who attend

Since its inception in 1984, the United Nations started the idea of 'World Peace Day' on September 21. I think we can all understand that in our busy day-to-day lifestyles we can overlook and maybe even take for granted the simple notions and benefits that this one day can hold. This day specifically commemorates our outlooks on non-violent means of action and ceasefire from what can be a rather ugly world at times. When I was in high school, there was a quote said to me by my history teacher that has always stuck and resonated with me. I'll paraphrase it, that "What we learn from history is that we learn nothing at all". Take this quotation as you wish, but to me it seems we give it a go to first understand our wrong-doings but our attempts to fix that are argued and never reach a final conclusion. That's why I believe that this is a special day for all people to join in on, especially our younger generation as they will one day be the leaders and voices of our world. The movement for peaceful resolution and just actions should never be overlooked and if you wish to make a difference I think this is a great first step and a program we should all look into.

Chinese garden, Darling Harbour, Sydney, International day of Friendship
Chinese garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour

On the 30th of this month (July) in Sydney's Chinese Garden the program has organised a gathering to join in on this amazing idea. The organisers of this event will be giving a free rose to all who attend and they hope to encourage all people from walks of life. Peace is a virtue that is something that can be reached if we all come together to aspire for it. So why not grab your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours etc to support this cause. For more information you can visit and/or mark the 30th July as a day to celebrate peace & unity amongst yourselves and nations at the Chinese Gardens in Sydney!

Friendship, International Day of friendship
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Why? To celebrate peace & unity
When: 30th July, 2016
Where: Chinese Garden of Friendship
Cost: Free
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