Peace Symbols

This page lists all the various symbols in the Peace Symbols category.

A number of peace symbols have been used in various cultures and contexts, one of the most ancient being the olive branch. The symbol of the dove and olive branch was used by early Christians and was later adopted as a secular symbol. It was popularized by Pablo Picasso in 1949 and became widely used in the post-war peace movement. In the 20th century, the "peace sign," as it is commonly known today, was originally designed as the logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.[1] The V hand signal and the peace flag became international peace symbols.

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Dove and Olive Branch

The dove and olive branch was used by early Christians and became current in the 18th century. It was popularized by the artist Pablo Picasso in 1949 and became widely used in the post-war peace movement. The dove represents the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost.

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Olive

Olives are one of the most ubiquitous crops of the Mediterranean region, having been cultivated there for at least five thousand years. Not only were they a major staple of local diets, but also highly symbolic to the peoples and cultures living in the area. This article will address not just the fruit itself, but the oil produced from it and the tree from which it grows, since the symbolism of all three are interconnected.

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Peace Crane

Sadako Sasaki (佐々木 禎子 Sasaki Sadako?, January 7, 1943 – October 25, 1955) was a Japanese girl who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, near her home by Misasa Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan. Sadako is remembered through the story of a thousand origami cranes before her death, and is to this day a symbol of innocent victims of war.

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Peace Flag

The international peace flag in the colors of the rainbow was first used in Italy on a 1961 peace march from Perugia to Assisi organized by the pacifist and social philosopher Aldo Capitini (1899–1968).

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Peace Hand Gesture

The V sign (U+270C ✌ victory hand in Unicode) is a hand gesture in which the index and middle fingers are raised and parted, while the other fingers are clenched.

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Peace Sign

The internationally recognized symbol for peace (U+262E ☮ peace symbol in Unicode) was originally designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement by Gerald Holtom in 1958. Holtom, an artist and designer, made it for a march from Trafalgar Square, London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England, organised by the Direct Action Committee to take place in April and supported by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Holtom's design, the original of which is in the Peace Museum in Bradford, England, was adapted by Eric Austen (1922–1999) to ceramic lapel badges.

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Roerich's peace banner

Roerich's peace banner

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The Broken Rifle

The broken rifle symbol is used by War Resisters' International (WRI) and its affiliates but predates the foundation of WRI in 1921.

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The olive branch

The olive branch is usually a symbol of peace or victory and was historically worn by brides and virgins. This symbol, deriving from the customs of Ancient Greece, is strongest in Western culture. However, it has been found in every culture and religion to thrive in the Mediterranean basin.

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White Poppy

The white poppy is an artificial flower used as a symbol of peace, worn as an alternative to, or complement to, the red remembrance poppy for Remembrance Day or Anzac Day.

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