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UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

An initiative to give voice to Palestinian status and plights

July 18th, 2017
Valentina Di Carlantonio, CD News
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The Palestinian National Day is annually observed on November the 29th, it is also known as Solidarity Day. This year it will take place at 12.00 am, the event is promoted by the Embassy of the State of Palestine with the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Special meetings may be held also in UN offices, councils, government, bodies and organizations that are especially interested in issues involved by the event.

 

The day is publicized and discussed through magazines, newspapers, television, radio, news and online media. Some of the most important issues of the event include the status and difficulties of Palestinian refugees and general information about Palestinian society and culture. It is a significant cultural event, because even if it is a National Day, it involves a global observance by other countries.

Historically, in 1947 the UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution 181 to split Palestinian land. Later, in 1977 it was recorded that the Assembly called for the annual observance on the 29th as the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People. Finally, in 2003, the Assembly encouraged member states to provide further support, such as exhibition on Palestinian rights or cultural events to observe the day with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN.

This huge event presents culture, music, dancing, food and all the folkloristic Palestinian groups dance. There are many art exhibitions as well, cuisine is delicious, there is a great variety of dishes, traditional food can be sold and offered to guests and it is cooked by special Palestinian chefs. Traditional dishes such as Fool, hummus, falafel, lamb and rice, spiced chicken can be backed on the spot. Garlic lovers also can grant their own wishes.

In conclusion, people can buy everything they want from the Bazar, from spices to books, such as ones about Palestinian literature, but also wood sculptures and handmade accessories, as well as souvenirs to keep memories of the event and to allow non-Palestinian guests to bring a piece of Palestinian traditions to home.

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