Sunday, April 28, 2024

[IWPG] IWPG's Songkran Festival in Cheonju



[IWPG] IWPG's Songkran Festival in Cheonju

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article regarding IWPG's (International Women's Peace Group, one of HWPL's affiliate) Songkran festival in Cheongju :)

IWPG Cheongju Branch opens ‘2nd Korean-Thai Songkran Festival’

The Cheongju branch of the International Women's Peace Group (IWPG) held the Songkran festival with migrant women in the province.

Songkran Festival is the largest New Year festival celebrated in Thailand and is held every year from April 13th to 15th. At this event, sponsored by the IWPG Cheongju branch, there was the holy water pouring ceremony, a Thai traditional dance performance, and a Thai meal, allowing immigrant female families from various countries to experience Thai culture. In particular, those who participated in the event celebrated the start of the new year by pouring water, which symbolises purification and blessings, on their family and friends.

Tananda, a member of the IWPG Cheongju branch who participated in the event, said, “I'm very glad that the national festival of my home country, Thailand, is being celebrated in Cheongju. I wished that my family would avoid poor health and be happy this year.”

Branch Manager Geun-hee Song said, “At this festival, families around the world, regardless of national borders or religion, had a meaningful time celebrating peace and happiness and making resolutions for the new year. From now on, we will carry out various activities to spread the culture of peace with the heart of a mother.”

Interested in HWPL's peace work for the world? Please visit following link :)

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