International Day of Families

The International Day of Families is observed every year on 15th May to highlight the importance of a family in the present day world. This day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1993.


The word ‘family’ is derived from the latin word familia meaning ‘house hold’. Every family is a microcosm of the macrocosm, the Global Family.

In the Indian tradition, the whole world is considered a family. “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One World Family”. An oft expressed Indian thought, through the ages.


Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam– a Global Family

There are many factors that determine peace in the family.

The Shiva Family Example

The example from the family of Shiva, consisting of Shiva, Parvathi, Ganesha and Karthikeya, is a good way to understand, some of the variant factors.


Shiva Parivar

Shiva has Nandi, bull for his vahana, vehicle and wears a snake. Parvathi has a lion, Ganesha has a mouse and Karthikeya a peacock.  In real world, the lion considers bull as its prey and the bull fears the lion. Similarly, snake preys on the mouse and a peacock preys on snake. Here we see that the family members of Shiva have Vahana that are by nature antagonistic to each other, but collectively, they lead an accommodative life. Inspite of being of divergent nature, they live in harmony. A family to emulate!

Family Day

This family day, let us understand the importance of family concept, take measures to maintain peace in the family and avoid actions that would disturb the harmony of our family. If there are differences, let us agree to disagree.

There is a saying of a Tamil Sangam poet, which speaks of the way to harmony in the family, leading to harmony in the whole world.

Where there is righteousness in the heart,

there is beauty in the character.

When there beauty in the character,

There is harmony at home, family,

Then there will be peace in the whole world.

Let us look beyond our immediate family, towards our world family, of which we are but a part – Vasudhaiva Kutumbhakam, ‘One World Family’.

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