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UN International Day of Families 2012

Day of Families Observed in a Cambodian Village

Chork, Cambodia - After attending a family seminar in the capital last November the father of a young Ambassador for Peace invited UPF-Cambodia to hold a family seminar for the people in his village of Chork, in the Tako province in southern Cambodia. The May 9 program focused on strengthening the unity between husband and wife and between families and communities, to help ensure work-family balance, the theme of this year's UN International Day of Families.

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In addition to UPF's presentations about marriage and family and an explanation about the World Peace Blessing, the seminar included opportunities for couples to role-play a variety of interactions, based on examples from the autobiography of UPF Founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon:

  • Making apologies: "I hurt you and didn't love you enough."
  • Expressing gratitude: "I deeply appreciate you for being my life partner."
  • Expressing love: "I love you."
  • Hugging each other
  • Taking turns cutting each other's nails
  • Taking turns washing each other's hands

May 9 is Royal Ploughing Day, an official Cambodian holiday. It is an ancient royal rite held in Cambodia and Thailand to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing seasion.

To read more about UPF observances of the International Day of Families 2012, click here.

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