On the International Day of Peace, September 21, people around the world will join together and call for an end to global violence. They won’t do it with protest banners, strange costumes, or by setting themselves on fire.
They’ll be doing it with pinwheels.
An estimated 3 million peaceful pin-wheelers will be spinning their colorful creations on Monday. As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical effort, the activity is designed to raise awareness about not just peace, but the violence we’ve become so accustomed to in our lives.
As The Pinwheels for Peace Project says, peace needs to become more than just a word. According to their website, peace “comes down to a simple definition: a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”
Pointing out that peace isn’t just about the absence of war, the project is a movement for tolerance, harmony, cooperation and unity–an effort to put an end to the daily intolerance and violence in our lives.
Many people will be participating by adding their definitions of peace, or the word peace in different languages, on their pinwheels. Pinwheels will be used as decorations, toys, and distributed items throughout different countries of the world.
As a childhood symbol of more joyful times, pinwheels were selected as the sigil of the day. Since they are easily made, accessible, and simple to use, they are a universal “toy” the world can connect with and share in the simplicity of just being–peacefully, without judgement–much like a child would.
For more information on The Pinwheels for Peace Project, including pinwheel templates and photo galleries, click here.