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The International Day of Non-Violence is October 2nd, which coincides with Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. The Day was established by a United Nations resolution in 2007, and has the goal to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness." Visitors to the U.N. website can go to the "Background" link to read a brief summary of Gandhi's philosophy, as well as the definition of non-violence, which includes the three main categories of non-violent action: "protest and persuasion, including marches and vigils", "non-cooperation", and "non-violent intervention, such as blockades and occupations". Visitors interested in reading how the International Day of Non-Violence has been commemorated since 2007 should click on the "Commemoration" link on the left side menu. The 2009 commemoration involved the production of a $1.00 United Nations Postal Administration definitive stamp; visitors can see the colorful stamp featuring Gandhi by clicking on "commemorative stamp". Finally those who are interested in other U.N. days of observance should click on the "U.N. Observances" link at the bottom of the left side menu.
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