The internationally known sign (☮) originally was designed Gerald Holtom for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1985.
The sign was the combination of the semaphore flags signing for the two Latin letters “N” and “D” standing for “Nuclear Disarmament” which means “Disarming Nuclear Weapons.” The Letter “N” is combined by the semaphore flags by a person holding two flags in an upside down V shape, while “D” is combined by pointing one flag downwards and another skywards. We have the Peace sign by combining the two signs together.
Moreover, the U.N. set 21st September annually to be a day to celebrate the Day of Peace coincided the seize fire decree especially in areas where armed conflicts take place.
Year after another and the world celebrate this day with the faith in the importance of spreading peace as the only means of peaceful coexisting and resolving the feuds among world nations.
Iraq is one of the countries celebrating day of peace annually where civil society association, popular committees, and youth groups celebrate this day by performing variety of activities either artistic, or cultural and employ it positively to hold campaigns supporting persecuted people and other. From this perspective, Baghdad City of Peace team hold an annual carnival on September 21 since 2011. They are a group of Baghdadi youths who were gathered by the initiations and the civil society associations. They believe in the existence of peace within every single individual and aim at bringing the title of “City of Peace” back to Baghdad throughout providing chances of participation between youths and society associations. The team aims at providing chances for investing youths’ power and efforts and empower them in order to build up a civil society believing in peaceful coexistence.
Each carnival has its own identity reflecting the civilized history and the identity of its country people feel proud about. That is the reason behind those youths use of the above-described logo with the addition of several historic symbols defining Iraqi ancient civilization, like in the figure below:
The dome shape stands for the old Baghdadi houses with their famous turquoise-dyed domes, along with the four gates of the Round City of Baghdad, (the Damascus Gate, Basra Gate, Khorasan Gate, and Kufa Gate), whereas the cuneiform inscriptions used here, that first appeared in the southern part of Mesopotamia, stands for the word “PEACE.”
The team’s logo was designed and executed by designer Saif Madha