Today, our world is more connected than ever. That means we get to meet people of all different backgrounds. The International Day of Tolerance is a holiday that celebrates these differences and our many similarities.
Unfortunately, not everyone believes in acceptance. Some people are afraid of those who are different, and this fear can manifest as hatred. For example, hate crimes are acts of violence committed against individuals for being of a certain race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. The International Day of Tolerance fights against this abuse and encourages everyone to accept others for who they are.
November 16 is the official date for the International Day of Tolerance. In 2021, it falls on a Tuesday.
To celebrate tolerance is to recognize that our differences are what make us special. The more contact we have with diverse ideas, the more we learn about ourselves and the world. As a result, many people celebrate the International Day of Tolerance by educating themselves.
Is there a country, religion, or culture you do not know much about? The International Day of Tolerance is the perfect opportunity to learn about it. There are many fun ways to do so:
Watch movies or TV shows about the topic
Read books by members of that group
Go to museums showcasing the group's art or history
There are many organizations dedicated to promoting tolerance and protecting minority groups. You can support these organizations in several ways:
Share educational materials
Learning about other cultures and making new friends is sure to result in smiles, especially among children. Of course, a healthy smile needs care, which is why the Pediatric Dental Group offers cleanings and other services. To learn more or make an appointment for your child, give us a call at (808) 593-8828 for our Honolulu Office and (808)245-2131 for our Lihue Office or contact us online.