The World Peace Flag Ceremony was first organised in Japan in 1983 by the Chairperson of the World Peace Prayer Society, Masami Saionji. In 1986, The First International World Peace Flag Ceremony was held in the city of Los Angeles, introducing this moving ceremony to an international audience for the first time outside Japan. Since then, the ceremony has been held on every continent and in every major city throughout the world.
What is a flag ceremony?
The World Peace Flag Ceremony is a celebration of all the countries of the world, through the symbolism of their flags.
Each flag is respectfully presented, with all participants saying together:
‘May Peace be in …(name of country)’
Using the power of our thoughts, words and actions, will help to create a peaceful world for all.
The ceremony rises above national, religious and political boundaries, giving expression for “peace and harmony”, which lies at the core of every human heart.
Where are flag ceremonies held?
Flag Ceremonies can be held anywhere people gather with the purpose of aspiring towards a peaceful world. They have been held as part of big conferences and interfaith events, and at community events in schools, churches, mosques and gardens.
Examples in the UK:
1000 children from 24 schools and colleges in Oldham on the International Day of Peace 2012
400 school children with H.H.Dalai Lama in 2004 in Dunfermline, and at a talk at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh
Annually at the festival at Allanton World Peace Sanctuary
Examples throughout the world:
International Day of Peace at the United Nations
Bascilica of St. Francis, Assisi, Italy
Native American Prayer Vigil, Washington DC
City Montessori School, Lucknow, India
Tibetan's Children's Village, Dharamsala, India
Sydney University, Australia
Sunrise Ceremony, Mt. Fuji, Japan
Plan your own ceremony
Flag Ceremonies can be held anywhere people gather with the purpose of aspiring towards a peaceful world.
Choose a date and occasion which inspires you to bring people together, such as: International Day of Peace (September 21st), Earth Day, United Nations Day, Solstices, sacred holidays or any celebration or anniversary in your community.
Our country lists includes 194 nations and is divided into continents to help visualise the world they connect to.
You may plan a simple ceremony at your home with friends and family. For a more formal ceremony, involving community members, you may choose to organise your gathering at a local park, school, club, church, mosque or public facility.