Universal Hour of Peace
Celebrated annually on every December 31st, the Universal Hour of Peace focuses on the highly inevitable needs of man – peace! Coinciding on the same day as New Year’s eve, explore the various options or activities that instill peace in you today! Everyone has different channels for peace be it temporary or permanent! Get ready to have some peace inside and spread some peace outside!
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Why Universal Hour of Peace
No one is free from conflicts in this world. It is natural for all of us to seek ways to experience peace for at least some time. With that thought, the Universal Hour of Peace was celebrated to encourage people to have an hour without fights among family and friends or worry about what needs to be done next or how you are going to handle the next year, etc. During this hour, even soldiers withhold their fire.
With everything being competitive and proactive, we are so engrossed with being prepared for tomorrow. When you compete with others it is natural to make enemies and hold grudges. As much as man is capable of building anything, he is also capable of destruction. In the same lines maintaining peace at all times with all people is a challenge that no one can master well.
Peace cannot exist if people are divided among themselves. Peace needs to exist in our thoughts, words, and actions too.
In honor of the founder of Universal Hour of Peace, Dr. Barbara, and as well as to find peace in this chaotic world, student and faculty of College of Metaphysics participate in their annual vigil titled – ONE VOICE to meditate for 20 hours and 16 minutes starting at 3..45 a.m. on December 31st and end at midnight.
Seeking peace through various activities has shown to reduce crime rates, fights, and enhance mental wellbeing. Various organizations organize meditation camps, exercise camps, prayer camps, trekking camps, etc to soak into the spirit of Universal Hour of Peace encouraging people to find their peace activity! So this New Year’s eve resolves to think peaceful thoughts and make efforts to remain peaceful!
How Can We Observe Universal Hour of Peace
- Meditate on your breath!
Studies show that we breathe shallow and thus absorb low oxygen into our bodies. Our brain needs a good amount of oxygen to function efficiently and so does the rest of the body. Thus you may celebrate your Universal Hour of Peace by meditating on your breath today!
- Make Peace with the past
There is nothing more relieving and peaceful than making peace with your past. Celebrate the Universal Hour of Peace by forgiving yourself and others who have hurt you.
- Have a time of reflection
Invite loved ones for a time of reflection of the past year of what went well and what can be improved. You will be happy to know more about their life this way!
- Join a prayer group
Join a prayer group to thank God for being in control over the previous year and to meditate on scriptures today and every day
- Encourage friends to think about peace too!
Take to social media to encourage family and friends to observe their Universal Hour of Peace. Use #UniversalHourofPeace to share your thoughts today!
Interesting Facts About Universal Hour of Peace:
Here are some interesting facts you didn’t know about Peace!
- Search for peace can be traced back to 1500 BC
- UN’s International law in 1945 prohibits Governments to wage war unless its the case of self-defense and if authorized by the UN Security Council
- Studies reveal that societies practicing gender equality enjoy more peace than the ones that practice patriarchy
- Societies with low wars have developing economies
- Approximately $1.8 trillion is spent on arms globally
- Although wars are planned and executed by men, women and children are at the forefront of being victims
- The 1968 Russian movie, War And Peace is the only movie to bag an Oscar with “peace” mentioned in its title
History of Universal Hour of Peace:
Barbara Condron is the founder of the Universal Hour of Peace on October 24, 1995. She was at the school of Metaphysics when she first got the hang of this idea. In recent times we have observed it from 11.30 p.m. on December 31st to 12.30 a.m. on January 1st. This day is observed as an unofficial holiday in the US.