It’s a World Party, and we’re all invited

Feeling bored, and not quite ready for work after the long Easter weekend? Well fear not, for I have just the day for you – today, 3 April, is World Party Day!

Irrespective of gender, race, religion or political persuasion, April 3rd is your call for participation in a worldwide celebration of peace and happiness.(© All Rights Reserved)
Irrespective of gender, race, religion or political persuasion, April 3rd is your call for participation in a worldwide celebration of peace and happiness.
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This day, also known as “P-Day”, is described by Wikipedia as a “synchronised global mass celebration of a better world and the active creation of a desirable reality”. It was started in 1996, and the idea apparently first appeared in a novel by the American writer Vanna Bonta, called “Flight, a Quantum Fiction Novel”. In the book, there was a countdown to a synchronised worldwide celebration aimed at elevated social awareness, that was to take place on 3 April. This inspired readers to organise a real event in 1996. Thanks to the explosion of mass interpersonal communication through social media etc, this has gained in popularity, with millions of people now taking part in organising party events around the world. Apparently one of the bigger of these internationally coordinated events is a so-called “hum-in” to be held at 15h00 Eastern Standard Time.

World Party Day has no religious or political alliances, celebrating the shared universal human right to having fun and living in peace. While the idea of creating a desired reality through shared awareness and synchronised celebration sounds a little airy-flairy and new-agey to me, I cannot fault the underlying desire for world peace and happiness, so I am all for it.

Enjoy the World Party, and may we all live to see better days, particularly those sadly still living in regions ravaged by violence and war.

Say hello to world peace

It’s World Hello Day today. The 40th Annual World Hello Day, to be exact.

Taking part in this day is the easiest thing ever – simply say ‘hello’ to 10 different people, and you’ve done your part. ‘What’s the point?’, you may ask. Well, according to the day’s creators, Brian and Michael McCormack, they started the day to express their concern for world peace. They wanted to use the idea of a friendly greeting between people as a message to governments and world leaders that confllicts can be settled more effectively by communication than by force and aggression.

A lifelong friendship can start with a simple ‘Hello’.
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The first Hello Day, celebrated in 1973, was specifically in reaction to the Yorn Kippur War between Egypt and Israel. Since that early start it has grown into a global event observed by people in more than 180 countries. According to the World Hello Day website, 31 past winners of the Nobel Peace Prize count among the supporters of the day.

OK, so I don’t have much of a science angle today, but what the heck, a bit of extra goodwill can’t hurt, can it? Go ahead, share a friendly greeting with a stranger – even if it doesn’t quite bring about world peace, you may just brighten someone’s day.