Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for June 2014

Summer is a great time in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! Enjoy the nature, and peace of our beachfront community.

Sunday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. (approximately!), DIA DE LA MARINA NACIONAL (NATIONAL MARINE DAY) at the Zihuatanejo Pier: A national holiday, Marine Day is a solemn occasion for the whole nation of Mexico when the National Flag is hoisted at full mast. Zihuatanejo has been an important port since colonial times. There is a navy station at the port and a Naval Hospital in Ixtapa. In 1942, the first of June was established as Marine Day in tribute to all, who with their work, personal sacrifice, participation, and cooperation at all levels, contributed to the birth and consolidation of the maritime sector in the country. The ceremony in Zihuatanejo pays tribute to our local navy personnel and the fishermen, tour operators, watersports operators, marine merchants, and others who care for our oceans and waters.  Everyone is invited to attend.

See the video from last year’s celebration.

Sunday, June 1, GLOBAL DAY OF PARENTS: The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 and honors parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. Our families may be different, but we all share the same love.

International Parents Day

Poster by: Amnistía Internaciónal México

Sunday, June 8, OCEAN DAY:  June 8 is Ocean Day, and the month is dedicated to conserving our world’s oceans. This is especially important to the tourist resort area of Zihuatanejo. Wherever you live, in Zihuatanejo or in any waterfront area, now is the time to take action to preserve our oceans!  See: June is Ocean Month: Take Action Now to Preserve the Beaches of Zihuatanejo and Oceans Everywhere!

Friday, June 13, “100 DAY COUNTDOWN” TO THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: Students Count Down to Peace Day! Join the global countdown to the United Nations International Day of Peace! Friday, June 13, 2014 is the 100 Day Countdown to Peace Day. Students around the world can get involved by coming up with creative ways to promote sustainable peace within their lives, their schools, their communities, their planet. Kick off your peacebuilding activities on June 13, and carry them forward during the summer, leading up to the International Day of Peace (IDP) on September 21, and beyond.

This year’s IDP theme is the Right of Peoples to Peace. This right can be identified by multiple layers: social peace, political peace, spiritual peace, economic peace, family peace, and so much more. What is your vision of peace? How can you contribute to that vision?

During the 100 Day Countdown to Peace Day, students can consider these questions and put peace into action during the summer months. Teachers, administrators, counselors and parents can utilize June 13 to begin planning for September Peace Day activities on a larger scale, from one classroom to school-wide. Your school can then be part of a global student observance of Peace Day taking place on Friday, September 19, 2014. Mark your calendar now!

Students! Beginning June 13,and throughout the 100 Day Countdown, share your artwork, photos, poems and ideas about your vision of peace and the Right of Peoples to Peace on Facebook.

Teachers! Looking for a summer project to assign to your students? Get involved with the International Day of Peace and the 100 Day Countdown.

Send an e-mail to educationpeaceteam@gmail.com to be invited to the Education Peace Team/IDP NGO Committee Facebook Group.  You can also find Peace Day activity examples and peace educational materials at:

www.perc4peace.org

www.buildthepeace.org

www.peacedayphilly.org

www.peacedynamics.com

If you are in Zihuatanejo this month, we encourage you to visit and meditate at the Peace Pole Monument, located along the waterfront, next to the Archeological Museum. It bears the inscription, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in the native Náhuatl language, Spanish, French and English.

Peace Pole Monument in Zihuatanejo-1

Since the International Day of Peace in September is during the rainy season, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will hold its annual Celebration of Peace in early February 2015. See the celebration from last year, and make plans to come in 2015! WOW – Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero Hosts 4th Annual Celebration of Peace.

Sunday, June 15, All Day Long! FATHER’S DAY: Happy Father’s Day! Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates male parenting. It is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide. Mexico, USA and Canada observe this day on the third Sunday in June. Be sure to kiss and hug Daddy!

fathers-day-global

Saturday, June 21, JUNE SOLSTICE: The June solstice is known as the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice the southern hemisphere. The date varies between June 20 and June 22, depending on the year. The June solstice occurs when the sun is at its furthest point from the equator – it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun. The June solstice day has the longest hours of daylight for those living north of the equator and marks the first day of the summer season in the northern hemisphere.

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