A Global Celebration of Gratitude

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Sunday, September 21 is World Gratitude Day and there are numerous activities planned to mark the occasion including the world’s very first Gratitude Parade and Rally in Cambridge, MA. Musical events, meditations, and other observances will take place around the planet, all in the spirit of peace and appreciation for our global blessings.

The official beginning of World Gratitude Day was in 1965 at the East-West Center in Hawaii at a Thanksgiving dinner honoring grantees hosted by Sri Chinmoy, a meditation guru.  As director of the United Nations Meditation Group, he suggested the idea as a globally unifying holiday.  Each person pledged to hold a gratitude gathering each September 21 in their own country. The United Nations Meditation Group formally celebrated World Gratitude Day on September 21, 1977 at the New York Headquarters.

Everyone can join in the celebrations. It can be as simple as dedicating your day to someone, or lighting a candle while you acknowledge the things you appreciate in your life. Doing so will make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you!

Despite the challenges taking place today in the world, there is much to be thankful for. Think about who can you thank on World Gratitude Day for the positive impact they have had on your life. How do you plan to show your gratitude?