International Day for Tolerance, celebrated on 16 November, was created by the United Nations to help foster mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. Tolerance and understanding lie at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The International Day for Tolerance was declared by UNESCO following Year for Tolerance in 1995. It was started by the UN General Assembly, with the goal of getting educational institutions and the general public to see tolerance as essential in society.

It is an important celebration as it aims to help spread awareness of intolerance and educates us how to be more tolerant. It’s educational, brings us together, and it reminds us that it should be an ever present practice.

You can celebrate International Day for Tolerance by learning more about tolerance and intolerance and celebrating the differences between cultures. Try starting a conversation with someone with a differing viewpoint, you’ll likely find you have more in common than you expected.

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