The aim of World Religion Day, held on the third Sunday in January every year, is to promote inter-faith understanding and harmony. The day was created by the Baha’i faith in 1950 to foster dialogue and to and improve understanding of religions worldwide, and it is now in its 64th year. The aim of World Religion Day is to unite everyone, whatever their faith, by showing us all that there are common foundations to all religions and that together we can help humanity and live in harmony.
The day often includes activities and events calling the attention of the followers of world faiths. World Religion Day is not an official holiday, so businesses, schools, and government offices are open, and the event is more spiritual in nature.
In a world where there are major fights based on religion and faith the world, religion day is a refreshing and uniting attempt. It advocates not only;y inter-faith tolerance but also deals with mutual understanding and unity of purpose. It reminds that the whatever the religion one follows, it leads us to the same place of respect, faith, and strength.
With diversity come a numerous amount of religions and beliefs, it is interesting to see how the same Christianity is divided into various forms, catholic, baptist Methodists, Orthodox, Presbyterians and many others..and so is Islam or Hinduism. But then all have the same belief in God and his justice.
The earliest observation entitled “World Peace Through World Religion” was in Portland, Maine at the Eastland Park Hotel in October 1947 with a talk by Firuz Kazemzadeh. In 1949 observances in various communities in the United States made the local newspapers in December call it “World Religion Day.
In 2007, at the World Religion Day event hosted by the Entebbe Municipal Council of Entebbe, Uganda (situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria), participating religious leaders signed a joint declaration to establish the Entebbe Inter-Faith Coalition.
The signatories pledged to use “the unifying power of religion to instill in the hearts and minds of all people of faith the fundamental facts and spiritual standards that have been laid down by our Creator to bring them together as members of one family.”
While neither the Universal House of Justice nor the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States currently plays an active role in promoting World Religion Day events, the Baha’i´ International Community (an official organ of the Universal House of Justice) has consistently reported on such incidents, with evident appreciation.
On January 20, 2007, in Brazzaville, the Congo Republic became the second country to issue a postage stamp for World Religion Day, while Srilanka remains the first ever country to do so in 1985.The day is celebrated with interfaith dialogue, conferences, and other events that advance not only mutual understanding (or what scholars call “spiritual literacy”), but recognition, respect, and reciprocity among the followers of all religions. While World Religion Day events are still sponsored and cosponsored by local members of the Baha’i´ Faith worldwide, an increasing number of World Religion Day events are independently organized by Interfaith or multi-faith coalitions.
In particular cases, civic governments, both national and local, have recognized the positive social value of World Religion Day events. In 2004, the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky proclaimed January 17–18, 2004, as “World Religion Weekend” and went on to “urge the Commonwealth’s citizens to participate in the observance of World Religion Weekend.”
“In 2007, the Republic of Ghana’s Ghana@50 Secretariat organized a symposium themed “The Unity of the Faiths” on World Religion Day on Sunday, February 18, 2007. In January 2008, the City Council of Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, proclaimed January 20, 2008, as World Religion Day.Since 2013 participants have gathered at a virtual presentation in Second Life at the UUtopia Center for an observance and the even was also noted by the parliament of religions. While the 2014 observance had screenshots were taken and 2015 had talks of a panel of speakers recorded and was noted in Oxford University Press’s blog.
At the World Religion Day website, we can find out all about this day and ways to get involved. As it is a celebration of all faiths and all religions so we all can be a part of it .whether you are a Native American, a Jainist, Hindu, Christian or Jewish, everyone can take part. Special services will be held in spiritual centers around the world to observe the day.
World Religion Day is self-perpetuating, thanks to the initiatives of progressive individuals and institutions who share a vision of religious confraternity. It is an inspired idea, with widespread appeal and remarkable longevity. By celebrating the similarities in different faiths and understanding other religions, the day shows us how we can work together to create a better world.