Ringing of the Bells is a Global Call to Peace

BETHEL, NY – On Monday, August 5, 2013 join Bethel Woods Centers for the Arts in a global event - the ringing bells around the world to inspire millions to "Stand Up for Peace and A World Without War." The gathering is to commemorate Universal Peace Day and at the exact moment of the sixty-eighth anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima (in Japan: Aug. 6, 8:15 AM; in New York: Aug. 5, 7:15 PM). The informal ceremony at Bethel Woods will begin at 7:00 PM in front of the Museum and is expected to last approximately 20 minutes, with the ringing of its Shohola Bells at 7:15 PM.


This event is free and open to the public.  

In addition to Bethel Woods, bells will ring in numerous places around the world, including New York City; Hiroshima, Japan; Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago, IL; Montreal Botanical Gardens, Canada; Christchurch, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Mexico City; San Francisco Theological Seminary, CA;Leonidas Polk Carillon, Shapard Tower, Sewanee, TN and First Presbyterian Church, Stamford, CT. Sharing the moment is the World Peace Bell Association, founded in Japan, which has installed over 20 Peace Bells in 16 different countries. In New York City some churches that are participating are: The Riverside Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Grace Church, and Middle Collegiate Church.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial 

Universal Peace Day is a program of the NYC Peace Museum, and is supported by The World Peace prayer Society, Bethel Woods Center of the Arts, Good News Broadcast, and We, the World. 

Universal Peace Day (UPday) brings people around the world together to share their vision of peace and to transform a remembrance of horror into a rededication of life. The legacy of UPday, sponsored by Art for the People, began in 1984 in Central Park, where Peter Yarrow and others performed before a candle lighting ceremony at the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing. Over the years, UPday events have taken place in numerous location including Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, Riverside Park, Battery Park, The Riverside Church, Church Center of the UN, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, and the NY Buddhist Church.