The backdrop for the event, showing the UPF founders. The event title translates as “Family Festival and Cosmic Blessing Ceremony.”
Mateo and Majlinda Ziko of FFWPU-Albania act as the emcees.
Jack Corley, the UPF regional chair for Europe, welcomes the participants.
Dieter Schmidt, the chair of UPF-Germany, expresses his admiration for the Albanian people.
Officiators Dr. Lan Young Moon and Dr. No Hi Pak pray for the couples as part of the Blessing ceremony.
The front row (left to right): FFWPU-Albania President Gani Rroshi, Dieter Schmidt, Jack Corley, Dr. Lan Young Moon, and Dr. No Hi Pak
One of the participating couples place a bouquet on the stage to honor the UPF founders.
A cheer at the close of the ceremony, expressing joy and determination
A moment of tenderness for one of the participating couples
UPF volunteers visiting from Japan sing a song from their homeland.
Young UPF volunteers from Korea perform for the participants.
Soprano Kazumi Kawakubo, a UPF volunteer from Japan, performs a solo.
European young people in a leadership program perform for the celebration.
The couples, guests and UPF officials at the end of the program
Durrës, Albania—Approximately 200 people attended a “Family Festival and Cosmic Blessing Ceremony” in the Albanian port city of Durrës.
The Interfaith Peace Blessing, held on June 9, 2017, was the second to be held in Durrës. Several European leaders of UPF attended the event, which was organized jointly by UPF and its affiliated organization Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU).
With Mateo and Majlinda Ziko of FFWPU-Albania as the emcees, the program started with entertainment provided by several young UPF volunteers who were visiting from Korea and Japan.
Jack Corley, the UPF regional chair for Europe, gave the opening remarks, followed by Dieter Schmidt, the chair of UPF of Germany. They both expressed deep admiration for the importance that Albanian people give to the family, and they congratulated the participants of the Interfaith Peace Blessing for taking part in such a great event.
UPF special advisors Dr. No Hi Pak and his wife, Dr. Lan Young Moon, were the officiators for the Blessing ceremony, in which 37 couples participated. Afterward the couples were presented with the autobiography of UPF founder Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon.