By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor, and Member of the Advisory Council of City Leaders for International Cities of Peace
What better way to celebrate peace than to share a meal with family and friends! The International Cities of Peace Organization invites you to share a meal in your home, or in a restaurant, to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Monday, September 21st. In Mexico, Sunday is devoted to family and friends (only day off), so we encourage a “Feast for Peace” celebration on September 20th.
Mr. Fred Arment, Executive Director of International Cities of Peace, says: “We need YOU to Feast for Peace on the International Day of Peace, or any day around Sept. 21st. It can be a family meal, a neighborhood get-together, a group pot-luck, or a group dinner at a restaurant. Celebrate the peace we have; Contemplate the work to be done. Let’s work together to make the Global Feast an annual event for peace.”
In 2013, there were 30 Feasts for Peace; 98 in 2014. This year’s goal is 150 Feasts around the world. “We can beat that by opening up our homes, and including our restaurants for meals as ‘Feasts for Peace’ during Peace Week,” says Arment. You can post your event on the Global Feast for Peace map: Global Feast for Peace Map.
Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico became an International City of Peace in 2015, joining a sisterhood of over 120 cities of peace around the world. We’re on the map! Join these “Feasts for Peace” in our area:
- Sunday, September 20, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Margarita’s Restaurant in Playa Madera: Enjoy a Sunday brunch with family and friends. Take someone out and buy them a meal. The entire day will be devoted to peace.
- Monday, September 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Viceroy Hotel in Zihuatanejo: Hotel guests and the general public are invited to Viceroy Hotel to participate in the “Global Fest for Peace.” All restaurants in the hotel will feature special menus for the day.
Many years ago, at a business convention, I heard a Jewish Rabbi give a speech about social responsibility. He talked about the difference between heaven and hell, comparing it to sharing or not sharing a meal. Interestingly, this video from Iraq demonstrates this concept.