People from different backgrounds are expected to join together for the Picnic 4 Peace celebrations at Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake on World Peace Day on Sunday.
‘‘The event brings together people who have a common hope of peace in the world, where they can share in conversation and enjoy their time together,’’ Picnic 4 Peace co-founder Liz Arcus said.
‘‘I think we need to come together as one in our community to play, dance, have a bit of fun and get to know each other more.’’
Everyone is encouraged to bring their food and picnic rug and join in the fun activities planned for the afternoon, including live world music, soccer, games, yoga, face painting, flower crown making and henna art. People can also write messages of peace and place it on the Peace Tree.
Picnic 4 Peace started two years ago and has grown in popularity since and is now a monthly event.
‘‘People were saying we don’t want to wait another year until World Peace Day to have fun together, so we started having regular picnic days in many different places to help nurture those friendships made at Picnic 4 Peace, but the coming event will be our biggest celebration of the year,’’ Ms Arcus said.
She said some people travelled hours to be a part of the celebrations and this year’s event would link up with people from around the world through social media.
The free event at Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton, starts at 11am and finishes at 3pm on Sunday.