Sokol and Suzana Rexhepi are the emcees for the Interfaith Peace Blessing held at the Tirana International Hotel.
UPF-Albania Secretary General Sokol Rexhepi and his wife, Suzana
With a backdrop showing the UPF founders, Dr. No Hi Pak addresses the participants and guests.
Professor Dr. Shezai Rrokaj, the chair of the Albanian Peace Council, offers his congratulations to the couples.
UPF leaders in the front row (from left to right) Sokol and Suzana Rexhepi, UPF-Italy President Giuseppe Cali, Dr. No Hi Pak and Dr. Lan Young Moon
UPF-Albania Chair Gaqo Apostoli wishes the couples well before singing two songs for them.
Young UPF volunteers from Korea perform for the participants.
European participants in a youth leadership program perform for the celebration.
UPF volunteers visiting from Japan sing a song from their homeland.
Young Albanians perform a dance.
Soprano Kazumi Kawakubo, a UPF volunteer from Japan, performs a solo.
One of the professional musicians providing entertainment
A professional singer performs for the festival.
A husband and wife stand ready to renew their marriage vows.
As part of the marriage blessing ceremony, officiators Dr. Pak and Dr. Moon say a prayer for the couples.
FFWPU-Albania President Gani Rroshi leads the assembly in a cheer for good fortune.
A young married couple with their baby and Dr. Pak and Dr. Moon
At the end of the ceremony, the participants and guests pose for a commemorative photo.

Tirana, Albania—More than 200 people came to an Interfaith Peace Blessing to congratulate 30 couples as they renewed their wedding vows.

The Family Festival and Cosmic Blessing Ceremony was held on May 14, 2017, at the Tirana International Hotel. The guests included Ambassadors for Peace and other dignitaries, as well as members of UPF and its affiliated organizations Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP), and Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP).

Dr. No Hi Pak and his wife, Dr. Lan Young Moon, special advisors to UPF, officiated the marriage blessing ceremony. The emcees of the event were UPF-Albania Secretary General Sokol Rexhepi and his wife, Suzana.

Some of the couples who participated in the marriage blessing were Ambassadors for Peace who recently had attended a four-day seminar in the UPF Peace Principles. One of the comments heard was “It was much more beautiful than we expected.”

Many guests who were attending an Interfaith Peace Blessing for the first time said they were amazed by the atmosphere and were determined to take part in the next marriage blessing ceremony.

Professor Dr. Shezai Rrokaj, the chair of the Albanian Peace Council, who is a well-known and respected public figure on the national level, offered a congratulatory message. Mr. Gaqo Apostoli, the chair of UPF-Albania, gave a heartfelt message to all the marriage blessing participants and serenaded them with two beautiful songs.

Musical performances were offered by young UPF supporters from Korea, Japan and other European nations. Two professional musicians also performed very beautiful Albanian songs.

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