Non-Violence and Peace Day
On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti.
On Oct 14, 2017, NYCO (Natraj Youth Cultural Organization) organized the 7th Annual event in celebration of Gandhi Jayanti (Birthday of Mahatama Gandhi) at the Radha Krishna Temple in Scarborough.
NYCO executed an Art Competition themed AHIMSA, (with 3 age categories 7-12 years, 12-19 years and 19+),a movement focusing on strengthening the community by promoting Non-Violence and Peace.
In the panel of Judges were Ms. Neelam Panditpautra, CEO, Muskaan Radio, and Mr. Tushar Unadkat, CEO, Creative Director, MUKTA Advertising.
With over 150 guests in attendance, the event started at 11:30am with a line-up of distinguished speakers, entertainment, lunch and followed by a Peace walk.
The event inaugurated by Mr. Raymond Cho, MPP for Scarborough—Rouge River, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Mr. Cho handed a citation to Ms. Chintan Bhavsar and in his speech shared inspiring stories from the life of Mahatama Gandhi.
“People across the world celebrate this day to show their gratitude and respect to Mahatma Gandhi, who dedicated his life for non-violence and peace. To mark this day and event, Nataraj Youth Culture Organization organized an Art exhibit,” said Chintan Bhavsar, CEO, NYCO.
Canadians from all diverse, ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds and age groups were in attendance, learning and celebrating the guiding principles of Mahatma Gandhi. Considering today’s complex problems humanity faces, there are simple solution as indicated by Mahatma Gandhi; and we strive to re-emphasis that through this humble afford.
“It is important to have events like this to carry forward the values of peace and non-violence,” said Mr. Tushar Unadkat while giving away the prizes.
Chintan Bhavsar, Founder, President of NYCO (Natraj Youth Cultural Organization) annually organizes an event to reinforce AHIMSA, a movement focusing on strengthening the community by promoting Non-Violence and Peace.
Photograpy by NisargLakhmani