Korean ▶ [만국회의 2주년] 평화에 ‘흠뻑’ 빠졌다… 국경·종교 초월한 대축제, 세계인이 ‘감동’
100,000 crowd participate from
over 130 countries worldwide
Wish for ‘World Peace’
[Cheonji-ilbo(H.E. Times)=Baek, Ji-Won] Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) From the ‘Peace March’ parade by the 12 branches of HWPL, a magnificent and emotional card section on the theme ‘War and Peace’ by 11,440 youths from the IPYG (International Peace Youth Group), a mass game performance onthe unification of Korea, an Arirang performance by the peace art group, and to the lantern performance together with the 100,000 audience.
‘Peace’ has literally saturated deep into the hearts of all who have participated in the ‘2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit and Peace Festival’ on the September 18th at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul. From those crowds who have prepared for months for this day to those distinguished guests worldwide who have participated in this Festival were all moved and filled with “Global Village with Peace and No War.”
◆Deep appreciation and agreement for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)
Over 100,000 crowds gathered, including 1,000 participants from 130 countries worldwide, to attend the ‘Peace Festival’ hosted by HWPL which was truly the largest scale peace festival on earth.
All the distinguished guests, both domestic and from overseas, have deeply appreciated and agreed on the atrocity of war and the peace movement of HWPL.
They have all endorsed for the biggest support for the DPCW as well. Ivo Josipovic (Former President of Croatia) stated during his greeting speech, “Human history has been continuous with devastating war, pain and death. Even today, there is tragic war and terror all around the world where innocents are being sacrificed. Both the DPCW and Chairman Man-Hee Lee’s commitment for peace have been the most important contribution for world peace so far.”
He also added that, “In the coming future, peace will become reality, light will overcome the darkness in this long fight. We are truly proud for both our and HWPL’s contributions for peace. We endorse and support the peace movement and sincerely thank you for your invitation to contribute in permanent world peace.”
Hrant Bagratyan (Former Prime Minister of Armenia) has also given full support to the DPCW by stating, “Poverty, Terror and War cannot be detained by the existing law and rules.”
◆Abundant variety of spectacles at the global peace festival
The theme ‘Peace’ caught the strong attention from all the audience due to its artistic high-quality as well as the meaning and significance of each part of the performances. In particular, 11,440 youths from the IPYG (International Peace Youth Group) displayed a magnificent and emotional card section on the theme ‘War and Peace,’ which looked like multiple perfect scenes from a movie in panoramic views, presenting phenomenal contents and production ability.
The ‘Peace March’ parade that proceeded prior to the card section was a ‘cheerful excitement of peace’ at the Olympic Stadium, making the place a mini global village.
The opening ceremony consisted of the 12 branches of HWPL performingwhile entering the Stadium.
Performances includedthe Shilla Dynasty’s royal carriage procession, the Hangeul (Korean alphabet) performance, traditional masks, traditional loop flights, traditional Korean music, and many others along with the co-existence of traditional Korean and global culture.
The Olympic spirit to commemorate ‘war cessation’ was also celebrated through a variety of track and field events, as well as a mass game for the hope of the unification of Korea, which passed special emotions to the audiences.
The excitement and emotions of the festival continued to late night as 100,000 participants all together turned on their mobile phones to conduct a ‘lantern performance’ in the midst of darkness.
The dark stadium was filled with beautiful lights by the people as if the longing for light and peace have been fulfilled. Nationality, religion and generation gaps were no longer barriers to anyone and it was beyond such restrictions that all the participants danced hand-in-hand in sincerity for peace.
Bub-Il, Buddhist Monk shared his genuine feelings, “This definitely is the most valuable day of my 80 years of life. I personally and sincerely absorbed what Chairman Man-Hee Lee’s peace movement and cessation of war was about deep in my inner bones.