World Peace Festival

World Peace Festival

Saturday in early August
The World Peace Festival is celebrated annually on a Saturday in early August at the World Peace Sanctuary in Amenia, N.Y. Described by its organizers as a day of prayers of peace and gratitude, the festival is devoted to a culture of peace. It celebrates all that unites the world's diverse cultures. The day includes a flag ceremony honoring all the nations of the world and the distinctive heritage of each. In an Interfaith Pavilion, representatives of such faiths as Jain, Muslim, Baha'I, and Native Americans share their traditions. Visitors also can wander a Peace Labyrinth. In addition, the event features live music, children's activities, international food and drink vendors, and not-for-profit booths selling crafts and goods from around the world. The event has been celebrated every year since 1990.
The festival sponsor, the World Peace Prayer Society, is associated with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. It is non-religious, non-political, and non-profit. It aims to support harmony, peace, and goodwill among all citizens of the world. Anyone is welcome to join the World Peace Prayer Society, via its web site, and admission is free. All that is asked of members is that they take into their hearts and lives the prayer "May peace prevail on earth."
CONTACTS:
World Peace Prayer Society
The World Peace Sanctuary
26 Benton Rd.
Wassaic, NY 12592
845-877-6093; fax: 845-877-6862
www.worldpeace.org
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