World Gratitude Day

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World Gratitude Day was launched in 1965 at the International East-West Center in Hawaii during a Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by meditation guru Sri Chinmoy. Those in attendance, including delegates and high-ranking officials from more than a dozen countries around the world, pledged to celebrate gratitude and to count blessings from their home country every September 21 following. Chinmoy, director of United Nations Meditation Group, celebrated Stateside. In 1977, the UN Meditation Group celebrated nine world leaders for their generous spirits and philanthropic works. Chinmoy, who passed away in 2007, worked to foster peace, compassion, and gratitude throughout his life and work. (http://www.thegratitudelist.org/)