Global Love Day (GLD) is an annual celebration of humanity which is celebrated in countries and communities around the world each May 1. The Love Foundation, the nonprofit organization whose mission it is to “Inspire people to love unconditionally” presents the international event as a symbolic day of unconditional love. Global Love Day’s main theme, “Love begins with me,” has been the focus since its inception.
The six tenets of Global Love Day are:
We are one humanity on this planet.
All life is interconnected and interdependent.
All share in the Universal bond of love.
Love begins with self acceptance and forgiveness.
With respect and compassion we embrace diversity.
Together we make a difference through love.
In recent years, Global Love Day has additionally been celebrated in the virtual world of Second Life. Since 2010, the virtual event is held in a specially created sim and includes a full day of dancing, meditating and other activities. In 2011, it was reported that over 800 avatars from around the world attended Global Love Day in Second Life.
In honor of Global Love Day, The Love Foundation also hosts an annual Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational where people of all ages can share their creative expression of global love. Submissions reflect the universal understanding of love, unity, tolerance, compassion and represent the idea of Global Love Day along with its theme ‘Love begins with me’.
Alfredo Calle Ferran made the movie First Kiss. First Kiss is a 84 minute kiss video between the artists Idan Bitton and Alfredo Calle Ferran. While the camera is still, the kiss is in motion provoking the viewer to stay and watch. Idan and Alfredo do not interact with the viewer, but offer a peek into their intimate moments of commitment. This long lasting, present and unapologetic kiss defines our current gay rights momentum. We are here, we love each other, and this is what it looks like. First Kiss became a revolition. Countless people got inspired by this movie, and made their own First Kiss You Tube projects…..
By: Idan Bitton (www.facebook.com/idanbittonstudio)
Performed: Idan Bitton & Alfredo Calle Ferran
Video: Runn Shayo