World Interfaith Harmony Week – First week of February 2017 | United Nations

During the first week of February every year, the World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed by people of faith around the world.



Participants at the Fifth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions: “Promoting Dialogue for Peace and Prosperity in Turbulent Times” in Astana, Kazakhstan. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan, and was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5 adopted unanimously on 20 October 2010.


The aim of the week is to promote harmony and tolerance between all people of the world, regardless of their faith or religion. Interfaith Harmony Week aims to be inclusive of all people, including those of differing faith as well as those of no faith. It seeks to do this by promoting the common basis of all faiths and religions, “Love of God and Love of the Neighbor, or Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor”.


Hold your own interfaith event

If this is your first WIHW then all we ask is that you gather with fellow lovers of harmony nearby and plan just one simple event. Don’t worry about making a big splash this year; a simple breakfast or bazaar is a great first step. You’ll have an entire year to make the next one a huge event.

How to Participate, World Interfaith Harmony Week

The World Interfaith Harmony Week website provides a number of helpful suggestions for interfaith events that could be held during the Week, and guidelines on how to organise this in your area. You can find out how to participate in this year’s Interfaith Harmony Week here.


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