United Nations, Sep 22 (): Aishwarya Rai joined Michael Douglas, a famous Hollywood star and UN Chief Ban Ki Moon during the International Peace Day celebrations. The Bollywood actress said taking part in the celebrations held at United Nations headquarters was an absolute honour.
International Peace Day is dedicated to peace specifically for the absence of violence and war. The day was first celebrated in 1982.
This year celebration took place at the Rose Garden. UN chief Ban, UN Messengers of Peace Michael Douglas, British anthropologist Jane Goodall, Nobel Laureate and Jewish-American writer Elie Wiesel and singer and American actress Monique Coleman attended the ceremony.
The ceremony takes place every year on September 21 and many famous personalities around the world gather for the ceremony at the UN headquarters. Aishwarya Rai is attending the ceremony for the first time and was among the big celebrities who were at the ceremony.
The Indian representative at the ceremony was dressed in beautiful Indian attire of an elegant creme lehenga with black sequined top. Aishwarya stood with Michael Douglas as she listened carefully to Ban’s address.
Ban said the International Peace Day is the day when the UN calls for complete cessation of hostilities around the world.
Aishwarya said she was very glad that she had an opportunity in sending out a powerful message of peace. She said that the main feature of the day is peace. Peace was the call of the day, has been and will always be. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan added saying all were there to help resonating the message of peace.
Silence was observed for a moment in honour of the victims of conflict and for those who are subjected to human rights abuses. UN General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic and UN chief Ban rang the ‘Peace Bell’ to mark the occasion.
Then, Aishwarya was seen having a talk with Douglas and she posed for photos with a group of children, who were a part of a performance group that played the violin during the ceremony.