On Wednesday, March 24th the World Interfaith Harmony Week initiative announced the official winners of the 2021 H.M. King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize.
The WIHW team reports that 133 applications for the prize, in the form of event reports, were received from the over 1,020 events held between January 30th and February 28th, 2021. According to the WIHW team, “the judges are highly appreciative of all the efforts of all those who held events and applied for the prize. They wish they could reward all who held an event, but are consoled by the fact that good deeds are their own reward so that everyone who held an event—whether they applied for the prize or not—is a true winner.”
Held on the first day of World Interfaith Harmony Week, Monday 1 February, the launch marked the start of the week in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. All faiths represented at the events shared a prayer or message based on the theme of WIHW.
The Religion and Politics Forum commemorated the World Interfaith Harmony Week on February 4th, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. The Forum was hosted by the organizing committee composed of several religious organizations, and participated in by around 40 people from over 10 religious organizations.
On behalf of Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies, New Delhi, Fr Dr M. D. Thomas, its Director, envisaged different ways of celebrating the ‘World Interfaith Harmony Week 2021’, in line with the declaration of the United Nations.