“Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me” ~ Jill Jackson Miller
Sunday, September 21, was International Day of Peace
. The day was set aside by the United Nations in 1982, in hopes of promoting tranquility among nations and spreading the message that peace is vital to human rights and happiness.
Many countries, cities and neighborhoods celebrated with festivals, peaceful gatherings and quiet meditation. Others perhaps just paused and reflected on the possibility of a more peaceful world.
So, what did Chocology do for International Day of Peace? Well, we celebrated with chocolate of course!
Madeline and I came up with the idea to share chocolate and the message of peace by making chocolate peace pops. This was our first real project with Chocology Kids
, a division of Chocology that we are looking forward to developing.
We headed to the kitchen and made 100 lollipops in the shapes of peace signs. Our idea was to mail fifty boxes to family, friends and colleagues. We even mailed one to the United Nations!
Included in our Peace boxes were the following:
2 Chocolate Peace Pops that Madeline and I made. One to eat-One to share
A bag of moldable chocolate
A set of four peace pop candy molds
Instructions on what to do – One set written by Madeline (the easy version) and one set written by Linda (The more detailed version)
The instructions were to keep one of the already made peace pops and share the other with someone else. We encouraged our friends to use the molds and the chocolate to make even more Peace Pops and share them in their communities.
The feedback was wonderful. Many of the people who received our chocolates became aware of International Day of Peace for the first time. Some were inspired to gather groups of kids to make lots of chocolate peace pops to share in their neighborhoods. Madeline and I made extra chocolate pops, and then hit the streets on Sunday to pass them out to neighboring businesses and strangers. Madeline passed them after her violin lesson they made everyone smile.
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Madeline making Peace Pops in New York[/caption]
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Making Peace Pops in Texas[/caption]
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Peace Pops Made in Texas[/caption]
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Caleb and Lucy set out to spread a little Peace in the neighborhood.[/caption]
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Peace Pops in San Diego[/caption]
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Making Peace Pops in San Diego[/caption]
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Making Peace Pops in San Diego[/caption]
We at Chocology love sharing chocolate. We especially love promoting peace and tranquility in the world. Combining our love of chocolate along with our passion for a peaceful world made for a very gratifying experience. We hope it inspired others to share a smile, a chocolate or just become more aware of what they can do to promote peace in their family, communities and world. Sometimes all we need is a new perspective to make the world a kinder more gentler place.
So what did you all do for International Day of Peace? We’d love to hear about it. Join us on Facebook
and share a bit about how you strive to bring about peace in your world. And if you received one of our Peace boxes, we'd love to receive your pictures with a note about your experience with International Day of Peace. And remember to check out our website
for delicious chocolates that you can share all year long.
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Lego Peace Sign made from 10,000 Legos by Madeline, Linda and David. Now on display at the Dusty Attic in Port Jefferson, New York.[/caption]
Did you know that September 21 is the official United Nations International Day of Peace
? Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. We at Chocology have plans to pause on September 21 and reflect on ways that we can promote peace in our world.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.
In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
One way to promote world peace is to do what we love doing. When we do what we love, we feel more peaceful and tend to radiate equanimity to everyone around us. Since chocolate is our passion, we at Chocology feel that living our dream and sharing what we do with the world is one way that we can promote peace.
Since we care deeply about our customers and strive to deliver the best possible product, with customer service at the forefront of our mission, we hope that we inspire peaceful transactions and happy customers. In turn, we hope that when our customers receive our chocolates that they feel just a little more harmony in their hearts as well.
When we share our chocolate passions, whether that’s through education, blogging or selling
our chocolates, we strive to transmit joy to those who follow us. Our goal is to not only sell chocolates but to educate and bring people together through an age-old delicacy that everyone loves.
We hope that you’ll take a moment on September 21 to reflect on how you can make the world just a little more peaceful. Perhaps you can share a chocolate with a stranger, smile at the overworked cashier at the grocery store or write an uplifting note to a friend. It’s the small things that make up a giant peaceful world. If we all do our part, International Day of Peace will be an every day event.
Share with us in the comments or on Facebook
what you plan to do on International Peace Day. Even the smallest of actions make a difference and your comment just might inspire someone to join you in your peace affirming actions.
Next week, we'll share with you how we celebrated!
Happy International Day of Peace from Chocology!