Clanmother New Year's Peace

Universal Hour of Peace

Peace be with you as we enter 2023!

The quest for peace begins in the home, in the school and in the workplace.

Silvia Cartwright, 18th Governor-General of New Zealand

I am writing these words on the last day of 2022, just before the hour of 11:30 pm which will usher in “The Universal Hour of Peace.”

Peace is a lifelong journey that binds us together and builds resilience within ourselves, our families, and our communities.

The Universal Hour of Peace is a global event that takes place from 11:30 pm on December 31st to 12:30 am on January 1st. It is a time for people to come together and focus on promoting peace and harmony, both within themselves and in the world. The day encourages activities such as prayer, music, poetry, and speeches, and encourages people to share resources for promoting harmony in their communities.

The Universal Hour of Peace was first conceived by Dr. Barbara Condron at the School of Metaphysics. The world celebrated the first Universal Hour of Peace on October 24, 1995, which aligned with the autumnal equinox and the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. The following year, it was moved to January 1st at noon GMT, and is now celebrated from 11:30 pm December 31st to 12:30 am January 1st.

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.


Happy New Year! Looking forward to sharing the journey ahead!

By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

40 replies on “Universal Hour of Peace”

So lovely to see your post pop up in my reader today Rebecca❤️ Interesting to read about the peace initiative! IAM now tuning into our global effort to birth a peaceful world from within❤️ Hope to read more of you this year, wishing you a great happy and healthy year ahead, much love barbara x

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Thank you, Barbara, for your heartwarming comments and your best wishes for 2023. I am very interested in your effort to birth a peaceful world from within. Yes!!! That is a most wonderful thought as I celebrate the first day of 2023. I am grateful that we connected and look forward to our ongoing dialogue. Happy New Year! Sending hugs back your way.

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I was unaware of this, Rebecca. What a wonderful idea. I wish we could all better understand the connections in life.

Thank you for everything you have brought forward in your posts. Happy New Year!

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Thank you, Dan, for your commitment to our blogging community. You create an environment that encourages participation and collaboration. I am delighted that we connected in 2022 and look forward to the adventures ahead in 2023.

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What a great way to usher in a new year, thank you, Rebecca! Your post reminds me of Rochefoucauld’s “If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources”, and to thank you for posts throughout 2022 that helped us find peace from within!

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I am delighted that you joined me for the Universal Hour of Peace. I love that quote by Rochefoucauld and have placed it on my list of important quotes. I am looking forward to our connection and conversations in 2023!!


Happy New Year, Marian! I am mystified by the intricacies of the WordPress world. I listened in to the 2022 look back at WordPress and what will be coming in future. We are entering an exciting period of open access. And I am running to catch up. YIKES! I am grateful for our connection and conversations.

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I’ve never heard about the Universal Hour of Peace before this post. Interesting and positive and empowering concept. I hope that even though I’m late to the party, I can get at least some of the residual peace from the hour! Happy New Year

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I am delighted that you joined me for the Universal Hour of Peace, Ally. You are NEVER late to this party. Thank you for returning to blogging – just read you latest post on New Year’s which had me thinking. I look forward tot he many conversations that are waiting for us in 2023. Happy New Year!!!

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Hi Rebecca. I loved this and the concept of the Universal Hour of Peace. So in dire need of this in the world. Thanks for the introduction, and Happy New Year to you and Don. ❤


I didn’t even know about the universal hour of peace, and I regret that I missed acknowledging it. A gorgeous recording, my friend. The river was indeed peaceful, the music serene, and the quotes gentle as well as profound. ❤

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