Interfaith pilgrimage of prayer for peace, Northern Ireland Inter–faith Forum
21 Sep 2013
Peace Day was marked by many activities including an Interfaith Pilgrimage Of Prayer For Peace.
The route of around one mile, started from Carlisle Circus at 3.30pm and concluded at Belfast City Hall at 4.30pm. The Pilgrimage was open to people of faith, and to those who profess no particular faith.The Pilgrimage was joined by 35–40 people of different backgrounds: Bahai, Buddhist, Christian [catholic/protestant], Hindu, Humanist and Jewish. There were people from Palestine, USA and Britain also.The walkers observed silence during the walk. No banners or placards were carried.
There were no speeches, apart from a short explanation at the start, and words of thanks at the end by Inderjit Bhogal.The Pilgrimage provided an opportunity to pause, reflect, pray and consider how best to work together to move on from cultures of violence and build cultures of hospitality and safety for all. Walkers were able to reflect and pray, according to their practice, for peace and a world free of weapons and warfare, desiring especially peace in Syria at this time.Inderjit Bhogal