Maldives marks Peace Day

The Maldives celebrated the International Day of Peace on Monday with a number of activities throughout the day, Miadhu reports.

The day kicked off with a football match between veteran football players from the sixties and seventies.

The match was organised by the Male’ Veterans Club, the youth ministry and the Maldives Volunteer Corps.

Countries around the world are asked to hold football matches to mark the day, symbolising their common goal of peace.

Every year at the UN Headquarters in Switzerland, “Peace Bell”, cast from coins donated by children all over the world, is rung.

The bell was gifted by the Japanese government and is a “reminder of the human cost of war”.

The inscription on the bell reads: “Long live absolute world peace.”

Peace Day was first celebrated in 1981.