Did you know that this Saturday, the 21st day of May, is (take a deep breath) ‘World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development‘? If you didn’t, you do now! Read on to find out what this day with a super long title is all about…
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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an international observance, rather than a designated public holiday, which is why you’ve probably never heard of it before. It was created back in December 2002 by the General Assembly of the United Nations as a response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The attacks highlighted a real need for cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in order to bring the world together and prevent segregation and fundamentalism. The first World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development took place in May 2003 and it has had a yearly acknowledgement ever since.
So what’s it all about?
The ethos of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is to encourage people all over the world to ‘live together better’. This means strengthening communities and bringing people of all cultural backgrounds together.
When the world embraces cultural diversity there will be no cultural divides within communities, discrimination will be eradicated, racism will be no more and we will all collectively have taken a stand against fundamentalism by including everyone from all cultural backgrounds in every day life.
Make a difference, get involved!
If you’re stuck for inspiration on how you can get involved, the United Nations website has a list of things you can do to instigate positive change in your community. Here are a few of our favourites:
- Visit an art exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures
- Invite people from different cultures in your neighbourhood to share a meal with you and your family; you can exchange stories and customs over dinner!
- Rent a film, read a book or listen to music from another culture or religion
- Visit a place of worship different than yours and participate in the celebration.
- Reconnect with a friend or someone you met on holiday and share your recent stories over the phone
However you choose to get involved, Cherry Call can connect you to friends, family and acquaintances throughout the world for a lot less than you might think! To find out more, take a look at our Cheap International Calls page.