World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual observance that takes place from February 1st to February 7th. It was first proposed by King Abdullah II of Jordan and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 through a resolution. The week provides an opportunity for people of different faiths and beliefs to come together and promote dialogue, mutual understanding, and cooperation.
The primary goal of World Interfaith Harmony Week is to foster harmony and cooperation among people of diverse religious backgrounds, promoting a culture of peace, understanding, and respect. During this week, individuals, communities, and organizations around the world organize various events and activities to promote interfaith dialogue and cooperation. These activities may include:
Interfaith Dialogues: Organizing discussions and conversations between representatives of different religions and spiritual traditions to foster mutual understanding and respect.
- Interfaith Prayer Services: Holding joint prayer sessions or interfaith worship gatherings to celebrate unity in diversity.
- Community Service Projects: Engaging in joint community service projects that address social issues and promote humanitarian causes.
- Educational Workshops: Hosting workshops, seminars, and lectures that focus on interfaith cooperation, peacebuilding, and understanding.
- Cultural Exchanges: Arranging events that showcase the cultural heritage and traditions of various religious communities.
- Social Media Campaigns: Using social media platforms to share messages of interfaith harmony and encourage people to join the movement.
- Artistic Performances: Organizing concerts, poetry readings, and art exhibitions that promote messages of peace and unity.
World Interfaith Harmony Week encourages participants to move beyond mere tolerance and to actively engage in dialogue, respect, and cooperation. By recognizing the common values and principles shared by diverse faith traditions, the week seeks to create a foundation for lasting peace and social cohesion.
Since its inception, World Interfaith Harmony Week has seen growing participation from religious communities, governments, NGOs, and individuals worldwide. It serves as an essential reminder of the importance of interfaith understanding and cooperation in building a more harmonious and inclusive global society.
Since 2018, the Charter for Compassion has participated in World Interfaith Harmony Week. The boxes above are presentations of our programs.