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An international grudge burying day and custom that goes with it

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 12, 2022
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Establish a day of the year when neighbors, coworkers, ex-friends, etc., bury grudges between each other in a non-religious customary way.
  • Give people an excuse to get over their egos and bury their grudges.
  • Make the world a friendlier place.
How it works
Establish an international holiday when people bury grudges and mend relationships with neighbors, coworkers, and ex-friends.
People would embrace the tradition similarly to how Halloween became established worldwide because it's tied to a fun custom, or how kissing under the mistletoe is still perpetuated for a similar reason.
Traditional custom
For the holiday to become established it needs a traditional and widely accepted way of extending the hand of peace. For example, people could show up on the doorstep of their nemesis and:
  1. knock in a unique pattern
  2. when the door opens the visitor extends the hand, holding an olive branch with a white ribbon
  3. if the recipient accepts, no words need to be spoken, just a handshake and a hug
  4. What then? It feels like something is missing:)
Conditional work free day
It is possible for employers to offer employees a work-free day, but only if they request it beforehand and specify with whom they intend to mend their relationship.
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Symbolic burying of a hatchet

Spook Louw
Spook Louw Jul 13, 2022
I was going to suggest burying a hatchet as part of the custom, to symbolize making peace, as I sort of assumed that the phrase has always been metaphorical. A quick google search, however, produced quite a number of instances of actual "ceremonies" not unlike what you are suggesting.
What I found under "burying the hatchet" referred to American and Spanish traditions. The olive branch obviously has greek origins. What other customs do other cultures make use of to symbolize making peace?
Perhaps a modern, international reconciliation day can draw from as many of these traditions as possible, or integrate them into more fitting, modern-day practices.
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic2 years ago
The initiator needs to be taken out of lunch or better yet, invited inside the house for lunch.
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Free therapy

Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Jul 28, 2022
While people can simply decide to forget their differences on this day, I believe they will benefit more if they talk about and resolve these differences. As a result, I propose this day includes free therapy sessions where people who have grudges can converse with a therapist and work over the bone of contention.
This can work in three ways:
  • The government employs a host of therapists for the day and creates a booking app for people who are interested. Once the therapists schedules are fully booked, the app stops taking appointments. Also, the sessions should have a time limit such that each user cannot use more than an hour or two.
  • Employers of labour sponsor it for members of their staff.
  • Therapists volunteer and work free of charge for people who want to resolve their differences, much in the same way that doctors and other health workers volunteer to provide free testing for people on World AIDS Day.
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