World Interfaith Harmony Week: a celebration of unity in diversity, and the divine connection between people and their faith.
When I listen to my favourite music it is the harmony that I love the most. The movement between the chords, the colour of the sound that changes. It stops time and brings me in an infinite space. Harmony is movement.
The most beautiful music is when emotions are high. Think of the diva that is dying in the opera. There is longing, bitter regret, incomprehension, fear and tons of unfulfilled love. If you look at the music itself a lot is going on too. Usually in the harmony of the piece. Dissonants are followed by more dissonants. Listings starts hurting but we can not stop to listen. We hold our breaths waiting for all the pain to solve. Finally the opera diva dies singing the solution of all the dissonant chords into a consonant sound of peace. We can breath again and the pain is over. We can rest. But I am not telling a secret when I say that we will listen this music over and over again because it is so beautiful, hurting or not.
This week is World Interfaith Harmony Week. The goal of this week-long celebration is to promote harmony between citizens of the world regardless of their faith. It is a celebration of unity in diversity, and the divine connection between people and their faith. It means bringing peace and tranquillity among people regardless of their faith.
Harmony is often used as a metaphor when talking about peace and tranquillity. Harmony is when everything is okay, nothing to worry about. But in truth harmony is about movement, about discovery, resistance, boundaries and perseverance. It hurts, it is uncomfortable and stressing and mostly hard work. Until we sing the entire song to finally reach the consonant chord dissolving all the dissonants.
What we may not forget is that harmony differs from culture to culture. What I call harmonious will be awful for others. I will have to explore, experience and learn that unfamiliar harmony before I can understand the movement of sound, before I can appreciate the music.
World Interfaith Harmony Week is a week to listen to people from different faiths without judgment or presumption. It is a journey to places where you can get to know those you are not familiar with. Just listen to learn about the different movements of harmony. It is not all nice and happy but during the journey there are many moments that make it worth to meet and get to know.
World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed every year in the first week of February, from February 1 to 7. This observation has emerged from the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution that seeks a worldwide celebration of interfaith harmony. The World Interfaith Harmony Week was started in 2010 by HM King Abdullah II and HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan. The goal of the week-long celebration is to promote harmony between citizens of the world, regardless of their faith. It is a celebration of unity in diversity, and the divine connection between people and their faith.