Discover the significance of World Religion Day and how it promotes international understanding and peace between different faiths.
Understanding the Origins of World Religion Day
World Religion Day is celebrated every January on the third Sunday of the January. This year, in 2024, World Religion Day will be celebrated on January 21. World Religion Day aims to promote understanding and peace between all religions, encouraging people to learn about other faiths and their followers. The first World Religion Day was observed in 1950.
It was initially started by followers of the Bahá’í faith, which says that all religions have common features and that they should be respected equally. They believe there is one God who is known by different names in all religions.
Promoting Unity and Overcoming Historical Differences
World Religion Day aims to promote the unity of religious peoples so that we can overcome historical differences. For centuries, different religions and faiths have fought each other and ignored their common values. The purpose of World Religion Day is to work towards a peaceful understanding between faiths.
Lesson Plans and Activities for Educators
Here are some lesson plans and activities educators can complete with their students to celebrate World Religion Day. All of the activities shared below can be adapted for students of different ages, grades, and levels. These activities can take between 20 minutes and 45 minutes - it's up to you!
Learning about the Five Major Religions: This activity is perfect for students who are researching the five major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism).
Comparing Religions: This activity takes the core purpose of World Religion Day and asks students to learn about two religions of their choice.
Me and My Religion: In this activity, students are able to share more about their religion and explore what it means to them and why!