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11 words for peace from 1 country January 5, 2012

Filed under: Languages — Michelle @ 12:13 pm
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The Constitution of South Africa names eleven official languages:

“The official languages of the Republic are Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.”

As a side note, this makes South Africa only second to India, which recognizes 23 official languages in its Constitution, with the number of dialects as high as 1,650!

Most South Africans can speak more than one language. Growing up, I never appreciated the wonder of hearing different sounds and languages around you every day; to hear the rhythms of a language even though you don’t understand what is being said.

Here are 11 words for peace, in the national languages of South Africa. May your year be filled with peace, in whichever language you choose to say it!

Xhosa: uxolo

Zulu and Ndebele: ukuthula

Tsonga: ku rhula

Venda: mulalo

English: peace

Sesotho: kgotso

Afrikaans: vrede

Tswana: kagiso

Northern Sotho/Sepedi: khutšo

Swati: lucolo


International Day of Peace: September 21 September 19, 2011

Filed under: Be the change — Michelle @ 9:51 am
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September 21, 2011 is the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace. The United Nations proclaimed the day to provide an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.

A Peace Day event can be as simple as lighting a candle or meditate on Peace on September 21. It can be as complex as organizing a Peace Concert for thousands of people. Or anything in between.

The 3 guiding principles to follow for Peace Day are:

* Peace within – a Minute of Silence at noon in each time zone;
* Peace without – an Act of Service for Peace that benefits the larger community;
* Peace year round – a commitment to a Daily Peace Practice by joining with others to build a worldwide Culture of Peace.

You can find some of the events organized around the world (and on the internet) here:
Peace day events around the world

Be seen. Be visible. Let the world know you care about peace.


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