World Forgiveness Day

World Forgiveness Day

World Forgiveness Day is also known as Global Forgiveness Day is held on 7th July. On this day seek forgiveness and have a great heart to forgive others for your mistakes.

Forgiveness Day is observed on June 26, while International Forgiveness Day is observed on the first Sunday of August. The holiday is for forgiving and being forgiven.

It is a time to spread awareness about the healing power of forgiveness and create a safer, more joyful, and peaceful world. Forgiveness has many components: self-inspection, self-responsibility, compassion, living by a set of ethics, letting go of our defenses, letting go of resentments and judgments, humbling ourselves, wanting to be close to God, acknowledging to other people that they’re important to us, knowing that others care enough about us. All these aspects of forgiveness are good.


National Forgiveness Day was created by the Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors in the year 1994 marking August 27 to celebrate the day. It was originated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. At first, it was only celebrated as National Forgiveness Day but later the day was named Global Forgiveness Day, and the date was moved from August 27 to July 7th. The main motto of the day was to forgive and to be forgiven.

International Forgiveness Day observed on the first Sunday of August was created by the World Forgiveness Alliance, a non-denominational, educational foundation. According to their website: ” International Forgiveness Day dedicated to evoking the healing power of forgiveness worldwide.” The founder is Robert W. Plath, from Mill Valley, California.

In Religion

There are thousands of religions in the world have each religion has its view and dates for forgiveness. Many religious groups have held “Forgiveness Days” on various dates during the year.

  • In Hinduism, Holi is traditionally the day to mark forgiveness, meet others, and make up one’s ruptured relationships.

  • In Jainism, Saṃvatsari or the Day of Forgiveness is the last day of the Paryushana Shwetambar sect of Jainism. On this day, Jains forgive and seek forgiveness for their mistakes committed knowingly or unknowingly from all the living beings.

  • In Islam, Shab-e-Barat is considered a major event in the Islamic calendar, where Muslims collectively worship and ask for forgiveness of their wrongdoings.

  • The Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur is a day of atonement or forgiveness. Jews ask God for forgiveness for their sins to secure their fate.

  • In Christian religions, the first Sunday before Lent is called “Forgiveness Sunday”.

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Forgiveness Day Quotes

As Forgiveness Day is approaching, we are bringing you popular quotes to share with your friends and family, to forgive and be forgiven, and starting afresh.

Forgiveness quote

  • To err is human, to forgive is divine. – Alexander Pope

  • Forgiveness gives us another chance to do it better.

  • Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. – Isaac Friedmann

Forgiveness quote

  • The weak can never forgive, forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi

  • Forgiveness builds bridges between broken relationships. – J P Vaswani

  • Anger makes you smaller while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. – Cherie Carter-Scott

Forgiveness quote

  • Forgiveness is FREE, but not CHEAP.

  • Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and… realizing you were the prisoner! – Max Lucado

  • Forgiveness is the key to living a long and happy life without hate, fear, or regret. – Peronia Scott

Forgiveness quote

  • There is only one thing harder in this world than forgiving. It’s to ask forgiveness armed only with, ‘I’m sorry. – Erma Bombeck

  • The moment you learn to forgive yourself, you will never again make the same mistake. – Sri Swami Vishwananda

  • Forgiveness is about empowering yourself, rather than empowering your past. – TD Jakes

Forgiveness quote

  • Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting – William Arthur Ward

  • Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

  • Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

  • At the heart of it, FORGIVENESS is really about setting yourself free from old pain.

Forgiveness quote

  • Forgiveness does not change the past but it does enlarge the future. – Paul Lewis Boese

  • To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. – Robert Muller

  • Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. – Hannah Arendt

  • Asking for forgiveness demands strength but forgiving someone demands more strength.

Forgiveness quote

  • Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. – Indira Gandhi

  • I don’t forgive people because I’m weak. I forgive them because I’m strong enough to know people make mistakes.

  • We all make mistakes sometimes. We’ve all stepped across that line. But nothing’s sweeter than the day we find FORGIVENESS.

My mistakes don’t suggest that I am a bad person, they just say tell that I was careless. Please don’t think I don’t love you and please grant me forgiveness on International Forgiveness Day.

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Simmi Kamboj is the Founder and Administrator of Ritiriwaz, your one-stop guide to Indian Culture and Tradition. She had a passion for writing about India's lifestyle, culture, tradition, travel, and is trying to cover all Indian Cultural aspects of Daily Life.