International Day of Forgiveness Culture of awareness, peace and happiness
On Friday, March 11th, 2016, at the Capitol Palace. 10am to 8pm
The International Day of Forgiveness:
- it is a secular and apolitical event, celebrating forgiveness as an essential tool to build a new way of being human.
- its purpose is to create an international stage to encourage people from the world of culture, politics and institutions to commit to the spread of a new cul- ture of peace and awareness.
- it takes place every year in a different city and state.
- the International Day of Forgiveness is not a just a day event: it is the sum of a year’s work, partnerships and projects and its purpose is closely linked to the development of an educational project.
- during the event, in addition to the arts and culture, on-going and future projects will be presented.
The Three Phases
The International Day of Forgiveness involves representatives of entertainment, cul- ture and politics who share the celebration of common values. It consists of three main aspects:
1. The preparatory phase involves the host territory and municipalities in projects and innovative research on forgiveness. The main areas involved are: education, justice, relations, politics and culture.
2. The second stage is a specific act of celebration and presentation of the previ- ously developed projects. The aim is to promote a harmonious coexistence of peo- ple and countries. On this occasion “the baton will be passed” to a new city willing to welcome the initiative and join the project.
3. The third phase will include the "Monologues and Dialogues on Forgiveness" bringing forth new ideas on the subject of forgiveness and education to awareness. Forgiveness will also be celebrated with music and words through the happening "On the notes of Forgiveness."
Why a World Day on Forgiveness
Conflict is an integral part of our society's dynamics. It occurs in all spheres of human activity; from individual to intergovernmental global relations. The way in which society manages conflict is an important indicator of its maturity. New paradigms are needed, consistent with a new level of individual and collective awareness. The rejection of violence is becoming evermore consolidated though relational mechanisms based on the celebration of diversity. Since the old individualistic paradigm based exclusively on consumption, competition and material wellbeing is no longer suit- able, a new model of education is now needed.
The level of awareness of a growing mass of individuals – all over the planet – is igniting new forms of fulfilment, wellbeing and human coexistence. This context allows for a personal, rela- tional and collective work, based on forgiveness and its power to free from suffering, heal rela- tionships and guide the human being on a journey of self-realization.
Future generations need to be freed from the burden of resentment, due to our past and present conflicts. Only through maturity, heightened awareness and generosity of an awakened conscious- ness, can this path be taken, the main pillars of which are responsibility and forgiveness for true individual and collective freedom.
Forgiveness is a skill, an essential tool for realizing the universal value of peace. As human beings it is our duty to form new generations who live and transmit forgiveness as a social skill in life, an evolutionary strategy necessary for health and wellbeing. The correct process of forgiveness is a workout for the brain for developing basic skills in the personal, relational and social sphere. Turning problems into resources, managing conflicts, developing mature empathy, and building a peaceful culture based on values of cooperation are all qualities required by new leaders.
Over recent years, interest in forgiveness has grown exponentially, spreading from the language of spirituality and psychotherapy to that of science and medicine. Scientific publications on the issue have increased, involving neuro-scientific studies primarily focused on the beneficial effects of forgiveness in the circulatory, immune and nervous systems. Thus a real science of forgiveness The International Day of Forgiveness was created with the goal of fostering the understanding of the foregoing process, so that an increasing number of people may benefit from the positive ef- fects that this mindset can produce on multiple levels of experience. We are destined for happiness and neither our talents, nor our charisma or power can reveal who we truly are: only our choices can. This is why great souls always choose Love. This day is an invitation to discover the lost sense of forgiveness: a key by which every heart may open the door to true courage and the heal- ing of relationships, thoughts, emotions, body and soul.
10.30am – 1.30pm: Meeting with school pupils and prize-giving of the "Junior Ambassador of Forgiveness Award" to the three best projects on forgiveness in the categories Literature, Art and Videos
5pm: Monologues on Forgiveness: four 15’ talks
6.30pm to 7pm: Dialogues on Forgiveness: 6 prominent personalities will debate on the subject by touching economy, society, politics, culture and spirituality
7pm to 7.30pm: Concert
7.30pm to 8pm: Prize-giving of the "Ambassador of Forgiveness Award"
Attendance is by invitation only.