September 21 is International Day of Peace. This year’s slogan was Shaping Peace Together. In Nepal, a group of Creating Cultures of Peace facilitators and land rights activists organized a day long fasting. We started the day with an hour long silent meditation and then shared about the idea and practice of peace. Twenty three peace practitioners were gathered to celebrate the day. FPT AWP Nepal Coordinator Subhash facilitated the day. The event was hosted by our friend organization CSRC.
The fasting was also a solidarity event for the Jai Jagat 2020 global movement. Jai Jagat (victory to the world) movement aims to give a wake up call for the nonviolent transformation of the world. Follow the link for more stories on Jai Jagat on FPT website.
Fasting is commonly observed in oriential societies since centuries. Among others, peace activists have also been observing fasting. Gandhi in India throughout his experiment with truth practiced fasting, and popularly shifted the purpose from religious to socio-political. He practiced fastings both as an act of inner introspection and a means of Satyagraha and protest.
Fasting gives a person an opportunity to experience how it feels when someone has to live in hunger. It is also an occasion to stop, introspect, and self transformation. Both modern medical science and Ayurveda recommend fasting for a healthy life. Dr. Yoshinori Oshumi was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his research on autophagy. And, he suggests fasting for the body to allow it to heal on its own.